What is dental malpractice and what are my rights if I am a victim of dental malpractice?
The parents of a 14-month old girl are mourning the loss of their young child following what should have been a routine dental procedure. The child went to a dentist in Texas, where her parents were informed she needed two cavities filled. Later, the dentist suggested four crowns as well. The baby was put under anesthesia while the Texas dentist performed surgery on several of her baby teeth. She never woke up from the procedure.
Now, the parents of the deceased baby are suing the dentist that performed the procedure for dental malpractice related to, what they believe, was an unnecessary surgery. Investigations post-mortem revealed no evidence of dental disease in the child, despite the dentist’s aggressive surgical procedures.
Dental Malpractice Causes Injuries and Claims Lives
Dental malpractice generally refers to injuries or death caused by a negligent dentist. Negligence could include failure to diagnose and treat a dangerous condition, unnecessary treatment or surgery, causing severe injury during treatment, and anesthesia errors. With over 150,000 practicing dentists across the country, a significant number of dental malpractice cases arise each year. Dental malpractice can lead to serious injuries in the mouth, including nerve damage, as well as life threatening infections and even death.
Patients who have suffered an injury or lost a loved one due to a dental procedure should contact a dental malpractice attorney as soon as possible. Injured patients and the family members of deceased patients may be able to file suit against the negligent dentist or dental practice to obtain compensation for their damages. It will be necessary to prove that the dentist acted in a negligent manner and that the negligent actions lead to your injuries.
Injured dental patients may be able to seek compensation for their medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, and more from the negligent dentist. The dentist could additionally face loss of his or her license. Dental malpractice cases are complex and will require the help of a lawyer with experience in this unique field of law.