Can I Sue My Dentist?
If you have been injured by your dentist, you may have the right to file a lawsuit against them. Contact Megeredchian Law today.
We know how nervous many can be in the dentist’s office. No one is excited to visit the dentist, whether it is for a routine check-up, or for a filling. A dentist’s office can be scary, especially because of the unknown pain that you may face. Although there is some pain involved in a dental procedure, you may have the right to file a lawsuit against your dentist if you have suffered permanent injuries after a dental procedure.
Dental Malpractice Lawsuit
Filing a lawsuit against your dentist will most likely be filed under a dental malpractice claim. This means that the dentist had a duty to the patient, yet failed to follow through with that duty. Because they strayed away from what they were supposed to do, they now cause the patient to suffer injuries and damages. In order to prove malpractice, your attorney must show that what the dentist did was beyond the standard of care. In order to prove this, your attorney might have to hire dental experts that may testify that what the dentist did was wrong and not common in the dental community. For more information on filing a dental malpractice lawsuit, contact our malpractice attorneys today for a free case evaluation.
Having an experienced attorney could make or break your entire case. Having permanent injuries resulting from a dental procedure is not pleasant, especially if now you have permanent nerve damage. Our attorneys will hold the responsible parties liable, so you can receive compensation for your medical bills and lost wages from the permanent nerve damage.
Unfortunately, dental malpractice claims are common in California. Each year, there are around 20,000 medical malpractice claims filed against dentists in the United States. This raises several concerns in society, and whether patients have the right to file a lawsuit for injuries they have suffered.
What is dental malpractice?
A lawsuit against your dentist will fall under the malpractice umbrella. Examples of dental malpractice include:
- Infection from dental equipment
- Improper doses of anesthesia
- Permanent nerve damage from procedures
- Chipped tooth after procedure
- Unnecessary treatments
- Procedures done on the wrong tooth
- Failure to diagnose a dental problem
Common Dental Injuries
The below symptoms are indicators of permanent nerve damage that could result from a dental procedure. If you have suffered any of the below symptoms, contact our top rated attorneys today for a free case evaluation.
- Numbness that lasts more than a couple days
- Lacerations in the mouth
- Loss of feeling in the mouth
- Loss of taste
- Tingling in the mouth
- Difficulty eating after a couple days
- Difficulty speaking after a couple days
- Difficulty opening your mouth after a couple days
What type of compensation could I receive for my dental malpractice lawsuit?
- Medical bills associated with treating your dental injuries
- Time off work spent to heal from your dental injuries
- Future lost wages you may suffer from your permanent dental injuries
- Pain and suffering caused and emotional distress caused by your dental injuries
How long will my dental malpractice lawsuit take?
In order to respond to this question with an affirmative answer, our attorneys must take a look at the circumstances of your case. Each case is different, and may take months, or years depending on the circumstances of your accident. Examples of how a lawsuit may take longer than usual include:
- When there are multiple parties and medical providers involved
- When the injuries suffered are severe
- When the insurance company is engaging in bad faith practices to delay the investigation
- When the accident is complicated
- When the parties fail to settle and go to trial
How much is my dental malpractice lawsuit worth?
In order to get a better idea on how much your specific case is worth, contact our top rated dental malpractice attorneys today to see how we can help you evaluate your case. Factors that we consider when determining the worth of your case are:
- Your medical bills
- The time spent out of work
- Your suffering
- The liability of the dentist
What do I prove in a lawsuit against my dentist?
If you were to file a lawsuit against your dentist, your experienced attorney will most likely have to prove:
- You were a patient, and had a dentist-patient relationship with the dentist. This is usually proven by appointment reminders or bills sent to your home. This will establish a relationship, and a duty that the dentist had to you.
- The dentist breached their duty: this is proven by expert testimony that shows and proves the dentist did not act in a reasonably responsible way.
- Prove your injuries: in a malpractice case against your dentist, having proof of the injuries you have suffered is required. Having receipts of medical treatments, along with any imaging done after the dental procedure will assist you when filing a claim against your dentist.
- Proof that the dentist’s breach of duty caused your injuries: one of the most common defenses that a dentist may raise is that he was not responsible for causing the permanent injuries. This is one of the trickiest factors that plaintiffs have to deal with. Your attorney will most likely hire experts that will talk about how the dentist caused your injuries, and it wasn’t an independent clause.
How can I sue my dentist for nerve damage?
If you have suffered permanent nerve damage after a dental procedure, you most likely have a valid claim against your dentist, and should seek a free case evaluation with one of our skilled persona injury attorneys as soon as possible. There are several laws in place that limit the time you may have to file a lawsuit against your dentist for malpractice. The time limitation is usually two years from the date of the accident, but could vary depending on the circumstances of the accident and the party you are filing a lawsuit against. Act fast, and contact our attorneys today.
How much do our dental malpractice attorneys’ cost?
Our personal injury attorneys are on a contingency fee schedule, which means that our attorneys will front all the costs associated with your claim. This means that all the court costs are paid for by our attorneys. We do not collect compensation until the end of your representation when we have won a settlement or a judgment. We know that after being involved in a dental accident, you may not have the necessary funds to hire an attorney. Our contingency fee arrangement takes out all the stress associated with hiring an attorney. We will take on all the risks associated with your dental claim.
Have you suffered dental injuries? Call us today
Call our top-rated accident attorneys today to see how we could help you get the compensation you deserve for your dental injuries. We are available 24/7 for our clients to answer any questions or concerns that they may have regarding their claim. Call us for a free case evaluation. During this case evaluation, we will review all the details of your claim and determine whether the dentist is liable, and how much your claim is worth.
We have recovered hundreds of millions in compensation for our clients’ cases, and know how to maneuver through the legal process. Call us today to see how we can help you get the compensation you deserve. Our top-rated team is on standby to assist you.