Dentists should provide a high level of service, but in some instances, mistakes occur that can adversely affect a patient’s life. All dental mistakes cannot be categorized as dental malpractice. For a case to be classified as a dental malpractice case, the dental care professional has to have provided the patient with a standard of care that was below the acceptable standard, which caused serious personal injuries. Although dental malpractice is rare, it can happen to some patients after a procedure.
The most common dental malpractice incidents include medical negligence claims that cause complications. Some cases can also include not providing the patient with informed consent or the absence of any proper referral protocols when an injury occurs.
Extractions are one of the most common alleged malpractice cases. Others include infections and in severe cases death. Some instances include patients suffering from a severed nerve because the dentist failed to refer the patient to a specialist. Cases also involve the extraction of the wrong teeth, fractures, and perforations of the sinus cavity.
If you or someone you know is a victim of a dental malpractice incident or have potential dental product liability claims, you may be entitled to compensation for the damage caused, the loss of income and the cost of additional procedures and treatments that you had to incur. The first step to determining if you have a case is to consult an experienced law firm or an attorney who handles dental malpractice cases.