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
- Jaw fractures
- Bridge and crown injuries
- Tooth extraction injuries
- Root canal injuries
- Nerve (inferior alveolar nerve, buccal nerve) damage
- 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.