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Do You Have a Dental Malpractice Case?
Dental malpractice affects thousands of people across the country each year. According to information from the American Board of Legal Medicine, over 13% of all malpractice claims are filed against dentists. This is much more common than most people think, probably due to the suits being less publicized than some medical malpractice suits.
Each state has its own laws governing responsibilities and acceptable practices dentists have to their patients, but there tends to be a recurring theme.
Dentists should certainly be held accountable for their actions, and patients who are injured as a result of dental malpractice have the rights to file a complaint with the state dental board, and/or file a dental malpractice lawsuit.
Common forms of dental malpractice:
- Wrongfully administered anesthesia
- Infections caused by improperly sterilized dental equipment
- Failure to diagnose and treat periodontal disease
- Unwarranted delay in treatment
- Misdiagnosis of a dental condition
- Needless extraction of teeth, and others
Dental malpractice occurs when a dentist “deviates from the dental standard of care in his community, and as a result of that deviation a patient is injured.” The dental standard of care is “that level of care which competent dentists in the community would have provided to a patient under similar circumstances.”
Dental malpractice suits should always be handled by an experienced attorney. It’s virtually impossible to represent yourself in a medical malpractice case. Depositions have to be taken, records subpoenaed, expert witnesses hired, and more. These costs alone can be in the thousands of dollars.
Kelly Law has the experience and resources to help you understand your rights, as well as help you get compensation in the event of dental malpractice. Call or contact us today and let us help.