How Do I Know If I Have a Dental Malpractice Case?
Like medical malpractice, dental malpractice is something that patients have to watch out for. But how can a person tell if they have a dental malpractice claim? In this blog, we provide a brief overview of what a dental malpractice case might look like, as well as what you and your attorney must prove in order to be successful.
What is Dental Malpractice?
Dental malpractice can come in many forms. Examples of dental malpractice include:
- Anesthesia errors
- Dental implant failure
- Failed root canal
- Failure to diagnose or treat a hazardous condition
- Delayed diagnosis or treatment of oral disease
- Intentional misconduct
- Completing additional services without the patient’s informed consent
Dental malpractice can have very serious consequences for a patient. Negligent dental work may result in temporary or permanent injury to the jaw, lips, tongue, and chin. Nerve damage and infections can leave a patient with an even worse problem than they had to begin with. Even a relatively minor procedure like having a tooth pulled can be deadly if the doctor administers the wrong amount of anesthesia. A patient can also suffer severe harm or death if their dentist fails to diagnose and treat conditions including gum disease, oral cancer, and other conditions. A patient may also suffer injury when they receive substandard root canals, crowns, and prostheses and develop infections to their gums, teeth, or jaw bones.
Proving Dental Malpractice
In order for an individual to have a viable dental malpractice claim, they must be able to prove the following:
- The dentist unintentionally failed to provide the acceptable standard of care that any other dentist would have performed
- The dentist intentionally committed an act that no other reasonable dentist would have committed in the same situation
- The breach of duty resulted in injury or death to the patient
Just because you are unhappy with the results of your dental work does not mean that dental malpractice has been committed. It is important to consult with an attorney about your potential case to see if you qualify for compensation.
If you have been injured, do not wait to contact a Columbia dental malpractice attorney at The Law Offices of Fred B. Goldberg, PC. We handle dental malpractice cases throughout the State of Maryland and have obtained millions of dollars in compensation for clients. In practice since 1981, Mr. Goldberg now represents plaintiffs in 70% of dental malpractice cases in Maryland.
To schedule a free consultation with our office, please call us at (410) 844-5221.