As with medical malpractice, dental malpractice involves the negligent, reckless, or otherwise harmful actions of a healthcare professional that cause harm to the patient. With dental malpractice, the injuries sustained are usually the result of a botched surgical procedure such.
Because of the highly specialized nature of dental work and the complex set of rules that dental hygienists and dentists must abide by, these cases require the input of people with medical expertise to determine negligence. Other medical professionals who specialize in dentistry, dental surgery, or orthodontics understand how a professional would have reasonably responded in a given situation. Because of their invaluable knowledge, these expert witnesses are required to testify as to the medical professional’s breach of acceptable standard of care or other mistake.
Even the most basic of dental procedures can result in grievous injuries and complicated, technical lawsuits, which is why getting the legal assistance you deserve after dental malpractice is crucial.
Types of Dental Malpractice
Dental malpractice can encompass any number of mistakes or misjudgments. Any procedure involving the teeth or mouth—whether invasive or not—could potentially result in malpractice injuries: teeth cleanings, maintenance of braces, implants, root canals, wisdom teeth removal, and more.
Extractions, endodontic procedures (procedures involving the soft tissues of the gum), and implants are the top three reasons for dental malpractice lawsuits. In these situations, dentists, orthodontists, and oral surgeons made on of the following mistakes:
- Failed to inform the patient of treatment options or risks
- Removing incorrect teeth
- Causing damage when removing teeth
- Using drugs improperly
- Failing to detect oral cancer
- Injuring the oral cavity, jaw, or surrounding soft tissue
- Failure to perform a complete oral exam (including regular x-rays)
Common Dental Malpractice Injuries
The most common injuries resulting from the mistakes listed above, but from all forms of dental malpractice include:
- Nerve damage
- Infections (mouth, tongue, brain)
- Sinus perforation
- Air embolisms
- Broken jaw
- Damage to tongue
- Allergic reaction to drugs
Proving Dental Malpractice with an Atlanta Medical Malpractice Attorney
Proving any form of malpractice requires expert testimony and the help of a team of attorneys that know both law and medicine. Kaplan & Lukowski, LLP is uniquely qualified to help you get back on your feet, no matter how devastating your injuries.
Contact us today online or by phone at 404-845-0012 to schedule your free consultation.