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Dental Malpractice Lawyer in Columbia

Handling Serious Dental Cases in Columbia and Across Maryland

Dental malpractice occurs when a dentist performs dentistry in a way that is inconsistent with accepted dental practices. At The Law Offices of Fred B. Goldberg, our Columbia dental malpractice attorney handles more of these cases than any other lawyer in the state of Maryland. Our prominence in the field has even resulted in clients from out of state requesting our services.

Call (410) 844-5221 today if you are ready to discuss your case with our team.

Our firm has successfully represented clients who have been victimized by all forms of dental malpractice. We have obtained verdicts and settlements totaling millions of dollars for victims of dental malpractice.

Long Background in Columbia, Maryland Dentistry Claims

Lead Attorney Fred Goldberg’s father was a dentist and his mother was a dental chair assistant. In his household, the terms of dentistry were discussed over dinner, giving Mr. Goldberg a thorough understanding of the language and basics of dentistry. As a boy, he worked in his father’s office assisting in developing x-rays and keeping molds organized.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I really have a dental malpractice claim?

Many people have a hard time determining if they are victims of dental malpractice. Our Columbia dental malpractice lawyer has a firm grasp on the dental field and can help you determine whether or not you have a case. If you are unsure about pursuing a dental malpractice case and retaining an attorney, call our firm for answers. We can guide you through this time and provide much needed insight.

I have pain in my tooth, but my dentist says it is nothing. What do I do?

If you think your pain deserves more than a “wait and see” strategy, you should seek a second opinion immediately. Your discomfort may be the result of your primary dentist’s mistake. He or she may be unwilling to admit they are at fault, or do not realize they made an error. Your dentist may also just be negligent and fail to give your problem the attention it deserves. In any of these cases you may have grounds for a dental malpractice lawsuit.

Another lawyer told me dental malpractice cases are almost impossible to win. Is that true?

Absolutely not. You will often hear that answer from general medical malpractice attorneys, but if it were true, we wouldn’t have the track record of success that we do. Other lawyers may give this answer because they have only practice general medical malpractice law and not be as familiar with dental negligence cases. Our attorney was raised by dental professionals and spent his youth working in their office. He has extensive knowledge on dental terms and procedures, which is a huge asset when arguing a dental malpractice claim in court.

What can I get from a dental malpractice lawsuit?

Most people and even lawyers do not realize the extent of injuries suffered by a dental malpractice victim. A successful dental malpractice lawsuit can win you damages to cover:

  • Costs for remediating or fixing whatever problem was created by the dentist’s negligence, including costs of hospitalizations if warranted
  • Consultations and second opinions
  • A recognition of the value of physical pain and mental anguish
  • Future dental costs—the loss of a tooth for example may require an implant, bone graft, abutments, and crown. Crowns statistically last only 5-7 years, so the cost of replacement crowns for the rest of the victim’s life must be included

Why should I hire a dental malpractice attorney in Columbia?

First, a good attorney is familiar with the court system and proper procedures for filing your case. They can help with the paperwork and contacting the proper parties, which is probably not something you want to deal with if your problem is particularly painful or debilitating.

More importantly, the defendant will likely do all in their power to convince the court (and maybe even you) that all of your issues are part of normal procedure and not a result of malpractice. Judges and juries are unlikely to have much knowledge on dentistry and might rely on the word of whoever sounds more knowledgeable. A skilled dental malpractice attorney can explain in clear terms exactly how your dentist messed up and why you are entitled to damages.

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. A few examples include botched root canals, failure to treat problems, errors when administering anesthesia, and dental implant failure. 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 will a dental malpractice case cost me?

Relatively little. We work on a contingency fee basis, and therefore we only get paid when your case is favorably resolved from the recovery. We sometimes will need a one-time payment to have a dental expert evaluate the case. If the expert confirms you have a case, then we will advance the rest of the expenses until the case is resolved. And, we credit your account for that payment when the case is over, too. We have an excellent track record and can usually give you an accurate prediction as to the eventual outcome of your case at our first free consult.

Call Today for a Free Consultation

If you think you have been the victim of dental malpractice, call our offices at (410) 844-5221 to set up a free consultation. Our lead Columbia dental malpractice lawyer has been advocating for clients since 1981 and is more than prepared to represent you during this time.

Notable Results for Our Clients

For Mr. Goldberg, dental malpractice cases combine his interest in dentistry and passion for consumer protection. Many other medical malpractice attorneys consider dental cases unwinnable due to their lack of familiarity with the field.

Attorney Goldberg’s experience and history has proven them wrong. He has handled hundreds of dental malpractice cases and obtained some of the highest dental malpractice verdicts and settlements in Maryland history.

    • Over-Preparation of Crowns $405,000
    • Fractured Jaw $75,000.00
    • Salivary Gland Injury $55,000
    • Improperly Adjusted Braces $55,000
    • Operation Error $160,000
    • Improper Veneer Installation $87,500
    • Implant Causes Nerve Damage $157,000
    • Negligence / Failure to Treat $450,000
    • Nerve Damage $450,000
    • Wrong Tooth Extracted $50,000
    • Failure to Treat Periodontal Disease $150,000
    • Botched Root Canal $750,000
    • Improper Orthodontic Therapy (Braces) $225,000

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