If you were harmed as a result of a dentist’s negligence, there’s a fair chance you might be able to file a malpractice suit. After all, dentists are subject to the same liability laws as all other medical professionals. Certain elements must be present in order to file a suit.
Do you have a viable dental malpractice suit?
The essential elements to prove a medical malpractice case remain the same for all types of medical professionals, from cardiologists to dentists. To have a viable suit against your dentist, you’ll need to be able to establish the following elements.
- Duty: the dentist holds a duty to treat you in the standard way that other dentists would treat you in the same situation.
- Negligence: The dentist acted in a way (or failed to act in a way) that is considered negligent, and that deviated from the standard duty of care. The dentist’s mistake must have been unreasonable and out-of-the-ordinary, i.e., s/he made an error that other dentists with similar patients would not have made.
- Causation: The dentist’s negligence is what caused your injury. In other words, you have to show that you would not have been harmed but for the dentist’s actions.
- Damages: You sustained actual damages as a result of the doctor’s actions. If the dentist made a mistake, but you suffered no harm, you cannot sue.
Common Examples of Dental Negligence Cases
When you contact Cordisco & Saile LLC you are getting a dental medical malpractice lawyer who represents victims of medical negligence and has done so for over 25 years in Pennsylvania. Some of the common types of dentist malpractice cases include the following.
- Failing to diagnose oral cancer or severe gum disease
- Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis
- Using improper or outdated techniques
- Incomplete procedures, e.g., failing to remove the entire root with a root canal
- Failed procedures resulting from not doing a thorough review of the patient’s medical history
- Infections caused by sloppy hygiene or using unsterilized tools
- Botched extractions
- Needless extractions, fillings, and other procedures
- Unjustified delays in treatment
- Anesthesia mistakes
- Sexual abuse
Have a Dental Malpractice Lawyer Review Your Case For Free
If you or your loved one was harmed because of your dentist’s mistakes, you could get a free case evaluation by calling Cordisco & Saile LLC in Pennsylvania. A medical malpractice attorney can determine your eligibility and estimate the potential value of your settlement. Make an appointment today at 215-642-2335.