Dental Malpractice FAQs
Are you wondering if you have a dental malpractice case? Our Columbia dental malpractice lawyer, Attorney Fred B. Goldberg, answers some frequently asked questions to help you determine whether you have a claim. For further questions, please contact our firm to schedule a free consultation.
What constitutes dental malpractice?
Dental malpractice involves any instance wherein a practicing dentist working on your teeth deviates from what a competent trained dentist would do that causes you harm. For example, injuring a nerve when extracting teeth, fracturing a jaw, anesthesia errors, botched root canals, dental implant failure, and failure to treat a dental problem can all be considered malpractice. You must be able to prove that a deviation from acceptable standards of care occurred and that what caused you appreciable harm. Not all injuries give rise to viable malpractice lawsuits – sometimes, a dentist may cause an injury that heals quickly and without any lasting impact, and other times, a dentist may do everything correctly and a bad result may still occur. It is important to consult with an attorney to learn whether you have a case.
What damages can be recovered in a dental malpractice lawsuit?
A successful dental malpractice lawsuit may bring you compensation for the following damages:
- The cost of the treatment resulting in your problem
- Follow up costs to fix the problem, now and into the future
- Consultation expenses for other medical professionals
- Pain and suffering
I have pain in my tooth, but my dentist says its nothing. What do I do?
If you are experiencing pain in a tooth or something just doesn’t “feel right” in your mouth, you should definitely seek a second opinion. The discomfort you are feeling may be a result of your dentist’s error that they either didn’t know they made or are unwilling to admit to. If a second opinion reveals a problem, you may have grounds for a dental malpractice lawsuit.
What will a dental malpractice case cost me?
When you choose The Law Offices of Fred B. Goldberg, PC, your case will be handled on a contingency fee basis, which means that you pay us nothing unless your case is favorably resolved. We may require a one-time payment to have a dental expert evaluate your case, but this expense will be credited to your account when your case is over. Since our fee is taken as a portion of your recovery, your case won’t cost you anything in legal fees until you win.
Another attorney told me that dental malpractice cases are nearly impossible to win. Is this true?
Absolutely not! Our firm has an outstanding track record of success with dental malpractice cases. Attorney Fred B. Goldberg was raised by dental professionals and grew up working in their office, which has afforded him the extensive knowledge of dental procedures and terminology necessary to handle these types of cases. Other lawyers may shy away from dental malpractice cases and believe they are hard to win because they lack the requisite knowledge to argue them in court. Our firm represents plaintiffs in 70% of dental malpractice cases in Maryland and the District of Columbia so you can be confident that we have the skill, experience, and resources to favorably resolve your case.
Contact The Law Offices of Fred B. Goldberg, PC for more information: (410) 844-5221.