It’s no secret that many people have a fear of going to the dentist. The awkward chairs, the bright lights, the strange smells and the dreaded sound of drills all combine to cause intense anxiety for many people. To top it off, when people avoid dental care, they’re more likely to have more serious issues when they arrive to the dentist’s office, which will require more work. This could cost more time, money, and could be painful.
The last thing anyone wants is to experience more anxiety, fear, pain, time or money because of dental malpractice. Submitting to dental work already puts a person in an extremely vulnerable position; to be further taken advantage or hurt by neglectful practices or not getting the care you need is unacceptable.
If you or a loved one has experienced pain, suffering or financial trouble due to a negligent dentist, you may have a case for a medical malpractice claim in order to recover damages. Call an experienced and qualified Dental Malpractice attorney in Santa Rosa who can help you. Contact the Teal Law Firm online today or call 707-525-1212to set up your initial consultation.
Dental Malpractice Defined
In order to bring a lawsuit against a dentist for medical malpractice, you must prove to a judge or jury that you experienced an injury directly resulting from a dentist providing sub-standard care. Dental malpractice is very similar to medical malpractice, but is a very specific kind of negligence lawsuit. Any lawsuit founded on principles of negligence must meet certain requirements to establish proof. These requirements are:
- Duty – dentists have a duty to provide care at the same level a dentist with similar education dentist practicing in your area would provide.
- Breach – breach of duty is when the dentist fails to provide the kind of care to which he or she is obliged.
- Causation – you must show a causal relationship between your dentist’s breach of the standard of care and the injury you’ve suffered.
- Damages – you must show you have incurred damages or costs, whether physical, emotional or financial.
Examples of Dental Malpractice
Dental malpractice could involve one or more of the following scenarios:
- A dentist failed to diagnose an infection, which then caused harm to the patient.
- A dentist may have removed the incorrect tooth.
- The injection given prior to a dental procedure may have injured nerves, leaving the patient with an unnatural-looking facial expression.
- A dentist may have left a device in the mouth that should have been removed.
- A tooth implant may have been inserted at a wrong angle, pointing in the wrong direction.
- A dentist may have failed to remove a tooth that should have been removed.
- Anesthesia procedures may have been done wrong, resulting in torturous pain and/or complications during a dental procedure.
Teal & Montgomery, an accomplished Santa Rosa dental malpractice law firm, is prepared to evaluate your case. Talk to one of our attorneys to learn how we can help you.
If we believe you have a case, and if you decide to retain us to represent you, we will initiate a detailed investigation into the facts of the case. Our lawyers will want to review what went wrong in your dental care and what harm, injury and negative consequences you face as a result. We will share with you some of the law firm’s successes achieved on behalf of people who had lost loved ones or who have been in an accident.
Contact Our California Dental Error Attorney
We welcome you to contact us or call 707-525-1212 to schedule a free initial consultation at your convenience Learn how we can help you pursue compensation if you have a viable case against a dentist or dental clinic.