Dental procedures are often painful and disorienting even when everything goes according to plan. When a dentist or care provider makes a mistake, however, this may impact your ability to earn a living, stay out of debt and go about your daily business. The American Dental Association lists several sources of dental malpractice including improper crown placement, incorrect drug dosage and botched tooth extraction.
If any of these has happened to you, you may feel overwhelmed at the thought of bringing a malpractice claim against the dentist. Even so, taking some simple steps can alleviate your suffering and help with the financial burden.
Keep track of your lost wages
You may not be able to work if you are in pain and unable to speak or eat at regular intervals. Keep a record of the days you stayed home. If the doctor you visited after your dental injury provided you with a note saying you were unable to work, make sure you keep it in a safe place too.
Save your medical bills
Copays, testing, X-rays, treatment and the cost of medication and painkillers all add up over time. Also, keep any Explanation of Benefits (EOB) mailers from your insurance company.
Document pain and suffering
This aspect is less concrete than paperwork, but consider writing a statement of the injury’s impact on your daily life and overall happiness. Discuss any family or personal events that the injury caused you to miss, things you used to enjoy doing that are no longer possible and how this situation has made you feel emotionally. Tell the whole story and provide details. This makes your malpractice claim stronger. Let everyone in on the human impact of this ordeal.