Some people have a fear of going to the dentist, there is sedation dentistry to help those individuals. There are others that going to the dentist is only a twice a year check-up. Either way, when going to the dentist, everyone expects a hassle-free experience. Although, there are those times when more than just a cleaning is necessary. As a patient, it is expected that the work being performed is by a trusted professional whether it be by your usual dentist or by a referral from your usual dentist. There is always the factor of human error that could lead to an injury that is permanent, painful and life-changing.
What is Dental Malpractice?
Dental Malpractice is a form of negligence when a dentist either does something or fails to do something that causes harm. The most common examples of malpractice are:
- Extractions causing nerve injury
- Anesthesia causing injury
- Infections especially undiagnosed osteomyelitis
- Implants especially causing nerve injury
- Periodontal Disease undiagnosed leading to tooth loss
- Adverse Reaction to Drugs
If You Think You Are a Victim
One thing to consider, before pursuing compensation, is weighing if the outcome justifies a dental malpractice case. An experienced lawyer at George Tait Law can help you determine if your case is a dental malpractice case and if it is worth filing a claim. If you move forward with a case you need to make sure you have the proper documents which include your dental records, dental imaging (x-rays and CT's) and witnesses. As a patient, you have every right to obtain a copy of your dental records.
Statute of Limitation
It is never too soon to start a legal case for dental malpractice. The second you realize your treatment might be heading in that direction please start gathering your information. In Utah, there is a time limit called a statute of limitations to keep in mind. Actions against a dental provider must be within two years once the patient discovers, or should have discovered the injury and not to be over four years after the procedure. Determining the timeline can be tricky, at George Tait Law our attorneys can help you understand the statute of limitations.
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