The cases of dental malpractice in the United States are steadily rising every year. It is a fact that there are many people who have suffered from dentist negligence and a lot of these cases are not even reported. Every patient needs to know his rights and should be aware of the procedures performed by the dentist and any negligence done should be addressed. If you think you suffered from lingual nerve injury after tooth extraction most commonly the mandibular third molar, then it is important that you seek legal professional help.
Since 1985, we have primarily focused our legal practice around dental malpractice and have represented injured dental patients. We handle cases from the moment the client first calls until trial or settlement whatever the case maybe. One of the most serious injuries which can occur in a dental office is nerve injury. This can result in unceasing symptoms of numbness and pain which does not respond to any form of treatment. If you experience similar injury it is necessary that you seek the opinion of another dentist after which you can consider consulting an attorney who specializes in dental malpractice law. He should have thorough knowledge about dental anatomy and can determine whether or not the injury was avoidable.
As a dental malpractice lawyer, having a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of California puts Robert J McCulloch in an excellent position to handle dental practice litigation. His background in the sciences actually led him to become a dental malpractice trial attorney. He has extensive experience in defending both patients and dentists.
As a patient, proving that the dentist who extracted your third molar performed a dental malpractice is often difficult. The burden of proof usually rests upon your shoulders to prove that indeed the dentist was negligent during the performance of the procedure resulting in a lingual nerve injury. Additionally, the failure in the part of the dentist may have also occurred during post-operative care.
If you are a dentist trying to defend yourself against a lingual nerve injury complaint from a patient, the argument should focus around several points.
• Injury occurred during local anesthetic administration. The risk of injuring the lingual nerve during performance of mandibular block is sometimes unavoidable.
• Plaintiff was referred to an oral surgeon but choose not to spend extra money for a specialist to perform the procedure rather opt to have the general dentist do the extraction procedure.
• A clear written consent which the plaintiff signed acknowledging any risks which can happen during the procedure including lingual nerve injury and other similar situations.
• Unwanted accidents can happen despite performing the procedure following textbook extraction and proper technique.
• The injury is temporary. Any symptoms experienced by the plaintiff will usually resolve in time.
Finally, searching for the right lawyer to represent you is very important. This will mean a big difference in the outcome of your case. Whether you are the patient seeking justice and compensation for a lingual nerve injury or a dentist facing malpractice complaint it is time you give us a call at 818.227.8600 and let me help you protect your rights.