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What is Dental Malpractice?

What is Dental Malpractice?

Posted By The Dunnion Law Firm || 12-Jan-2016

For some, visiting the dentist is a daunting task. In most cases, when a person considered going to the dentist’s office for a checkup or for a specific procedure, that person usually will not contemplate whether or not something can go wrong. However, dental malpractice is a real thing.

Like other doctors, dentists have a duty to comply with the standard of care when treating patients. This means a dentist must provide all of his or her patients with the same level of care any other educated dentist would provide. If a dentist breaches this standard of care and causes a patient injury or any other kind of harm, the patient may reserve the right to file a lawsuit against that dentist.

What Kinds of Injuries Allow a Patient to Sue a Dentist?

It is important to keep in mind that an unsuccessful result will not necessarily equal a breach of duty. This is because not ever treatment or procedure will be successful. However, if a dentist is negligent or fails to perform a necessary process, which leaves the patient seriously harmed, a medical malpractice case may exist.

Below are some examples of when a dentist has completely breached the standard of care:

  • The dentist extracted the wrong tooth
  • The dentist caused nerve damage during an injection
  • The dentist failed to prescribe antibiotics after extracting a tooth
  • The dentist failed to recognize and treat a harmful condition properly

Have You Sustained Injuries Due to a Poorly Performed Dental Procedure?

If you have suffered harm or injuries during a dental procedure and believe the dentist should be held responsible for your damages, contact our San Jose medical malpractice attorneys right away. We can examine your condition and help you pursue financial compensation. At The Dunnion Law Firm, we work hard to help our clients obtain the best results possible.

To put a relentless team on your side of the courtroom, contact our San Jose medical malpractice lawyers today! We have recovered over $300 million for our clients!