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What is Dental Malpractice?

Dental care professionals have a duty to treat their patients with the upmost care; nevertheless, complications may arise as a result of the dentists, dental care providers, or a mishap with a medical device used during the procedure. Thus, the patient could be subject to injury, pain, and suffering. Health implications due to a dental procedure are the groundwork for a dental malpractice lawsuit.

Contrary to popular belief, suffering on behalf of a dental medical procedure is not enough to file for a lawsuit: there must be serious sustained personal injuries to the patient. Dental malpractice is specific to practices of negligence on behalf of a manufacturer of a medical device or a dental professional.

 

What are the Most Common Types of Dental Malpractice Litigation?

The most common form of dental malpractice is a health implication caused by an improperly done tooth extraction. According to the Medical Malpractice Center, dental professionals may show negligence by not “providing the opportunity for informed consent from the patient of an absence of any proper referral protocols in the event of an injury during the extraction procedure.”

If you suffered from an infection after an extraction procedure in which you needed hospitalization, you may be entitled to compensation. Other common health implications are severed nerves, extraction of wrong teeth, fractured jaws, and perforations of the sinus cavity. These are risks often associated with dental procedures and may happen in the best of circumstances. When it is the result of negligence or improper care, dental malpractice may arise.

In addition, a dental professional has the requirement of referring the patient to a medical professional in the case that the procedure caused any implications to the patient. If he or she fails to do so, the patient may be entitled to compensation if the injury goes untreated and becomes permanent or more serious.

What Can You Do as a Victim?

If the above mentioned material is similar to an experience you or a loved one endured due to a dental procedure you may be entitled to compensation. The first thing to do is to find a law firm that handles these cases with you in mind. The Law Offices of Rudolph F.X. Migliore is your point of contact in such situations. Call (631)543-3663 for a free consultation.

 

By Aleksandra Aronova