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What You Should Know About Dental Malpractice

Dental Malpractice

All medical professionals have a high level of responsibility to treat their patients with care and compassion, and this includes dentists and other dental care providers. Consequently, just like other medical professionals, dental care providers make the occasional mistake, and in some instances, these mistakes can lead to injury. When the care provided by a dental professional is below the accepted standard of care and it causes a serious personal injury, this meets the legal criteria for dental malpractice..

It is only when a dentist or someone on their staff does not work as diligently as necessary to ensure their patient is cared for properly, that negligence is said to occur. These incidents usually are caused by avoidable mistakes made by dental professionals who were not as attentive as they should have been.

Common Causes

According to one study, the most common type of dental malpractice arose from tooth extractions, with 63 of 240 cases of malpractice involving this procedure. Of the 63 cases, 23 cases involved infection, all requiring hospitalization, with eight of those leading to the death of the patient. Other extraction related injuries included severed nerves, fractured jaws, perforation of the sinus cavity, and extraction of the wrong tooth.

Other injuries caused by dental malpractice include anesthesia complications, failure to diagnose oral diseases or cancers, complications caused by bridges and crowns, root canal injuries and injuries to oral nerves, and complications from Novocain.

What to Do If You Are a Victim

If you believe you or someone you care about is the victim of dental malpractice, you may be entitled to compensation. The best course of action is to request your records as soon as possible and book an appointment with a lawyer who specializes in dental malpractice cases. This type of attorney will have the experience and knowledge to help you sift through the facts and determine if you have a valid claim.

Contact Our Attorneys

Our compassionate legal team at Shea Law Group has extensive experience with dental malpractice claims, and we will be happy to help you book your free no-obligation consultation with a Chicago medical malpractice attorney who specializes in dental injuries. Get started today by giving us a call at (877)-365-0040 or filling out a contact form online. We never charge a fee until we win your case, so there is absolutely no risk to you.