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What Is Dental Malpractice?


When you hear or see the term medical malpractice, it refers to any time that a doctor, health professional or hospital was negligent and a patient was injured as a result. Negligence can happen in a variety of ways, including diagnostic errors, treatment mistakes, and more. Dentist and oral surgeons can be negligent, dental malpractice does happen.

Were you injured during a dental procedure? Talk to a Bucks County personal injury lawyer about the possibility of compensation for the pain and injury you experienced. You have a right to a safe standard of care when you go to the dentist for exams or procedures.

Examples of Dental Malpractice

Dentists, just like other doctors, have a responsibility to provide their patients with a standard of care and safety. Legally, this means dentists in the same region or having the same education should be held to the same standards. When this level of care is breached, personal injury lawsuits can result. The following are examples that have prompted medical malpractice lawsuits against dentists.

  • Complications for anesthesia
  • Damage to nerves
  • Injuries from a root canal
  • Infections
  • Failure to diagnose oral cancer

Of course in many cases the injury is directly related to the victim’s mouth. But it has been scientifically proven that oral health is a foundation to an individual’s overall health. It is possible for a dental malpractice victim to have larger health problems as a result of a dentist’s negligence.

If you have experienced harm due to a negligent dentist or oral surgeon, connect with a Bucks County personal injury lawyer to understand your legal options. There may be statute of limitations on some possible actions, so discussing your situation with a legal professional as soon as possible is recommended.

Lack of Dental Insurance and Medical Malpractice

It is common for people to either not carry dental insurance or to have dental insurance but not have full coverage. According to one study, over a third of adults in the United States do not carry dental insurance consistently. Plus, for many on Medicare, dental services are not covered. This situation can lead to personal injury claims because if a person is injured and has multiple medical bills as a result, they may not be able to pay them without compensation from the liable party. A seasoned attorney can help.

If you have been injured, you have a right to fair compensation. Dental care errors can make it impossible to live the daily life you had prior to the injury. A personal injury claim can establish the need for compensation for lost wages, medical fees, distress, disfiguring, and pain and suffering. When you work with a lawyer, all of your losses can be tallied appropriately.

Are you suffering after a dental procedure? Contact a member of the legal team at Kardos, Rickles & Hand. Our attorneys know how to secure the maximum settlement amount possible. Accidents happen every day. When they happen to you, it is essential you have a lawyer fighting for your rights. Reach out today, call 215-968-6602.

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