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Dental Malpractice Attorney in Waterbury

Holding Negligent Dentists Accountable

Dental malpractice, like general medical malpractice, involves a patient not receiving proper treatment from a professional. Dental procedures can be very complicated — any negligence during preparation or throughout the course of treatment could cause injury or illness. Like medical doctors, dentists have a duty to provide quality care to their patients.

People who are harmed because of a dentist’s failure to follow the proper processes could be entitled to compensation. Our Waterbury dental malpractice lawyer has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for injury victims. Contact us to discuss the details of your case.

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Types of Dental Malpractice Complications and Injuries

Dental malpractice claims can involve any case of negligence during a dental procedure. Because the definition of dental malpractice is broad and up to interpretation, there are a variety types of situations that can be presented in a case.

Failure to diagnose is a type of dental malpractice that is not uncommon in medical malpractice cases. Due to a lack of knowledge, testing errors, or other factors, a dentist could incorrectly diagnose a patient’s condition and proceed with unnecessary treatment. A failure to diagnose can be detrimental, as the patient will not receive the care they need and could be injured by a medical procedure or medication they do not require. Anesthesia and Novocain are frequently used in dental surgeries and other dental procedures. Complications with these processes are common in dental malpractice cases as well. Other types of dental malpractice cases may include performing an incorrect procedure, improper extractions, and failure to treat infections.

Dental malpractice can result in issues such as:

  • Implant complications & issues
  • Disease and infection/sepsis
  • Cancer
  • Jaw fractures
  • Bridge and crown injuries
  • Tooth extraction injuries
  • Root canal injuries
  • Nerve (inferior alveolar nerve, buccal nerve) damage
  • Endocarditis
  • Novocain and anesthesia complications
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders
  • Permanent numbness
  • Wrongful death

Causes of Dental Malpractice

Dental malpractice can be caused by many of the same factors as standard medical malpractice cases: Understaffing, negligent hiring and supervision, inadequate training, and lack of resources are some examples. In cases of a dentist’s individual liability, simple carelessness or inexperience could be a cause of injuries.

It’s possible that someone other than your dentist or attending dental assistant could be partially liable for your injuries. Third parties who could share fault in a dental malpractice case may include the management of a dental practice, a testing company, or a business that manufactures drugs and medical devices.

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