Compensation For Injuries And Illnesses Stemming From Dental Malpractice
When you visit a health care provider, you are trusting that they will apply good judgment, common sense and industry best practices to ensure you are not injured while in their care. Unfortunately, that is not always what happens. Sometimes a dental provider makes a mistake that affects your health or well-being. When injured while in the care of a dental provider, the law provides an opportunity to obtain compensation for the injuries caused by the provider. This type of legal case is often referred to as dental malpractice.
If your dental professionals have made any errors or committed any form of negligence, I can help you. I am attorney Chris Haden of Haden Law Office. I have 20 years of legal experience handling all types of personal injury and medical negligence claims in Louisville, Kentucky. I spent the first seven years of my legal career defending medical professionals, hospitals and insurance companies against these very claims, so I know how the other side handles these cases. This knowledge gives me a tremendous edge in negotiation and at trial.
Varieties Of Dental Malpractice
Common types of dental malpractice include:
- Common errors in treatment occur when a dentist performs a procedure that
the patient is not healthy enough to tolerate.
- Dental malpractice arising out of failure to employ the proper techniques can
occur with dentists who were not properly trained or dentists who fail to
observe the standard of care.
- Generally, the standard of care requires dentists to follow up with patients
- There are times when it is necessary for a dental provider to refer a
patient to a specialist. It may be considered dental malpractice if a
dentist notices that a patient needs to see a specialist (such as an
endodontist, periodontist or an oral surgeon) and does not refer them to one;
this could be for anything from the patient needing his or her wisdom teeth
out to the dentist believing the patient might have mouth cancer.
- Failure or delay in diagnosing oral diseases such as periodontal disease
or mouth cancer
- Misdiagnosis of a disease
- Oral care procedural or surgical mistakes
- Failure to properly treat a dental health condition
- Anesthesiology errors
- Radiology mistakes
Injuries Caused By Dental malpractice
In addition to the progression of oral cancer, other serious results of dental malpractice include:
- Nerve damage, including facial nerve damage
- Permanent facial numbness and/or paralysis
- Loss of the wrong tooth
- Loss of bone support
- Septic infections requiring hospitalization
- Permanent jaw damage
- Respiratory distress and/or cardiac arrest from anesthesiology malpractice
Dental malpractice cases are often complex and require an experienced attorney who understands medicine and can make the necessary links between the negligent act and the injury or illness. I can help you determine if you have been the victim of dental malpractice.
Call Haden Law Office Today For A Free Consultation
If you live in Kentucky and believe you have sustained a personal injury resulting from dental malpractice, please contact the Haden Law Office. I will review your dental malpractice case at no charge. Call 502-225-1316 or fill out my online contact form.