When the carelessness of a dentist leaves you injured, you have options available for seeking compensation. Get the most from your claim by working with a dental malpractice lawyer.
When you go to the dentist, you expect to receive the best quality care from a highly trained professional; you never expect to be on the receiving end of malpractice. Unfortunately, just as with other licensed healthcare providers, dental professionals may be guilty of negligence when they fail to provide adequate care, or when they perform unnecessary and potentially damaging procedures.
If you suspect that you may have been the victim of medical negligence or misconduct by a dental care provider, a dental malpractice lawyer from the Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo can help you determine whether you have a case.
What Is Dental Malpractice?
Incidents involving dental malpractice are much more common than most people realize. However, many patients do not file claims because they are not aware of their rights and don’t have a medical malpractice lawyer to advise them.
Common examples of dental malpractice may include any of the following:
- Failure to properly train and oversee dental staff (e.g., hygienists and assistants)
- Improper extraction of teeth
- Wrongfully administered anesthesia
- Failure to properly clean tools, leading to infection
- Failure to diagnose or the misdiagnosis of oral conditions
- Inadequate record keeping of a patient’s medical history
- Negligently performed procedures
- Performing unnecessary procedures
- Lack of informed consent, or failing to properly inform you of risks associated with certain procedures
Results of Dentist Negligence
If you’ve been on the receiving end of dental malpractice, you could be facing a number of potential complications, such as the following:
- Permanent damage to the jaw or nerve endings in the mouth
- Infection after oral surgery
- Structural damage
- Loss of feeling or taste
- Loss of teeth
Your costs related to a dental negligence case can be far-reaching. Our firm will examine all the expenses you may incur, from current and future medical expenses to lost wages and diminished earning capacity to intangible damages like pain and suffering.
An experienced dental malpractice lawyer can shoulder the burden of your case and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Statute of Limitations for Dental Malpractice in Florida
If you think you’ve been the victim of dental malpractice, it’s important to take action quickly. Florida state law limits defendants to filing claims within two years of discovery of the alleged misconduct. Further limiting things, after four years, a defendant will not be able to file a claim at all, even if it took that long to discover the malpractice (unless there is proof of fraud or concealment by the dental practitioner).
Enlisting the services of a trained dental malpractice lawyer early can go a long way toward getting your claim in motion before the statute of limitations expires.
Contact a Dental Negligence Lawyer
If you’ve suffered at the hands of a dental practitioner, it can be difficult to know how to seek compensation. Fortunately, help is available. Contact a dental malpractice lawyer with the Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo today. Call 561-659-6366 or complete the online contact form on this page to arrange your free consultation.
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