The dental industry is definitely bound by legal authority, and most hospitals and doctors are constantly on their toes to ensure they don’t end up with a law suit for negligence. While medical lawsuits are nothing new, not many people are aware of the fact that dental malpractice too is under this umbrella. If you are a victim of such circumstances, then you have every right to seek compensation. The fact that you have approached a licensed dental practitioner means you take it for granted that you will be given the right form of treatment.
While you may have suffered at the hands of a dental practitioner, you may be unsure of what really constitutes dental malpractice. That is perhaps one of the main reasons why several people let things slide by. Something could go wrong when you are in the dental chair or a few months later as a result of treatment. In either case, the pain and discomfort that you suffer can qualify you for legal recourse.
You can sue your doctor for several things. A negligent dentist is one who causes any damage in the short or long run, and you have every right to take that person to court. Wrongful diagnosis or failure to diagnose the obvious can also be punishable.
Some additional reasons include causing injuries to nerves and lead to paralysis of the tongue or mouth and even loss of taste. Creating complication as a result of faulty placement of crowns and bridges is another. Not taking all the factors of one’s medical history into consideration when charting out a treatment course is another. Several dentists fail to diagnose oral cancer even in obvious cases; this and other such illnesses left undiagnosed make your eligible to file for dental malpractice.
Surgical cases require the use of anesthesia and there can be complications that arise from this as well, which, if not dealt with properly can be an issue. There is also the most obvious reason where the wrong teeth have been extracted.
If you do think you have a case, then you will need a dental malpractice lawyer who is proficient in handling your kind of cases. It is best that you go with a specialized attorney who’s background and legal expertise can protect you in the event of such a case. McCulloch Law has successfully litigated dental malpractice cases in Southern California since 1985.