Atlanta Dental Malpractice Attorney
Dental Malpractice occurs when the treatment provided by a dentist or dental assistant falls below the acceptable standard of care causing serious personal injuries. Like other areas of professional malpractice, dental malpractice is a form of negligence. That is why you may hear "dental malpractice" and "dental negligence" used interchangeably by experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyers.
Common examples of dental malpractice include:
- Failure to inform the patient of all available treatment options and the associated risks and benefits related to each
- Severing the lingual nerve when removing teeth
- Causing nerve damage by improperly placing dental implants
- Causing Lingual nerve damage or Inferior Alveolar nerve damage when removing wisdom teeth or molars
- Improperly using drugs such as Septocaine (Articaine) to numb the mouth and teeth which causes permanent nerve injury
- Pulling the wrong teeth
- Failure to refer the patient to a specialist
- Failure to perform a complete and thorough oral exam
- Failure to detect an oral disease, cancer or tumor
- Injuring the oral cavity, jaw bone, or surrounding bone and tissue
- Not properly administering antibiotics prior to dental surgical procedures
- Faulty root canals, crowns, implants, or dental bridges resulting in nerve injury and infections to the jaw, face and gums
- Puncturing the sinus cavity during a dental procedure
As experienced Atlanta dental malpractice lawyers, we start working for you as soon as we are retained. The first course of action is to send correspondence to the dentist demanding a full and complete copy of your dental records and that no records be destroyed. The records are yours and you are entitled to this information under the law. We then fully investigate your dental malpractice case. This includes hiring the best specialists in the fields of dentistry at issue to act as our experts. These experts work with us to help determine if your injuries are due to malpractice and, if so, how the malpractice caused your injuries. Among other things that our dental experts do are: study all of your dental records, perform research to fully understand the issues at stake, work closely with our experienced malpractice attorneys to determine strategy, investigate all potential defendants, draft affidavits to be filed with the court, and help to proactively manage your lawsuit to ensure that you receive the help you need to fully recover for your injuries.
Many victims of dental malpractice suffer serious injuries such as:
- Infections in the mouth, tongue and brain
- Permanent injuries to the tongue, nerves leading to the tongue (lingual nerve), and inferior alveolar nerve damage to the lips, chin, jaw and face
- Heart attack
- Undetected cancers
- Uncontrolled bleeds
- Brain injury caused by infections
- Other catastrophic injuries
- Wrongful death
Serious injuries such as these usually result in large amounts of damages in the form of medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, disfigurement, future medical bills, and a diminished quality of life. In addition, the spouse of a seriously injured person is entitled to be compensated for their "loss of consortium," which is the loss that occurs when one loses their spouse's companionship, services, and marital relations.
If you or a family member has suffered a permanent nerve injury or other serious injury due to dental malpractice, you are entitled to be fully compensated for your injuries. We are experienced Georgia dental malpractice lawyers who work hard to get you all that you are entitled to under the law. In some cases, the malpractice is obvious. Others are a bit more complex. We have earned our reputation by helping clients and families face life-changing tragedies such as this. We are experienced and skilled Georgia malpractice lawyers and we have recovered millions of dollars for our clients.
If you would like to discuss your case in complete confidence with an experienced Atlanta, Georgia personal injury lawyer, call Robert J. Fleming directly at (404) 525-5150 or contact us online. We are here to help.