Dental care and treatment mostly consist of non-invasive procedures and for the most part your visit to the dentist is usually routine and injury free. However, a small percentage of dental visits aren’t so kind. In fact, there can be certain complications that could arise as a result of simple procedures gone horribly wrong and that could bring life-altering changes in one’s oral health.
Examples of dental malpractice cases of which a patient can claim for compensation are:
-Nerve injuries affecting a patient’s ability to taste
– Nerve injuries causing paresthesia or permanent numbness in the tongue
– Complications arising from improperly completed crowns and bridges
– Dentists’ failures to take a patient’s relevant medical history into account before acting
– Certain complications from anaesthesia, even when releases are signed
– Unnecessary extraction of multiple teeth
– Extraction of wrong teeth
The examples listed above can be accountable as negligence on the part of the dentist. A dentist can also be sued for failure to do something which they could have done, such as failing to diagnose oral cancer and other serious oral problems. This is an act of omission by a dentist which could result in substantial harm to the patient. If you have been a victim of a dental negligence and malpractice, you should seek a competent personal injury lawyer who can help you in this matter.
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