Who’s Liable for Dental Malpractice?

If you believe that you have experienced dental malpractice, personal injury laws may help you recover. If your dentist was negligent, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. But who can you sue when you’re hurt during a dental procedure?

If you are a victim of dental malpractice, do not try to seek compensation from the dentist on your own. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo can help you overcome obstacles like liability and determine who’s responsible for your suffering. 

Common Types of Dental Malpractice

In most cases, dental malpractice is done by the dentist or their assistants. Dental malpractice is more common than you might think. Dentists are just as capable of making mistakes as any other medical professional. Unfortunately, that means your teeth may have suffered as a result. 

Some of the most common types of dental malpractice cases that we handle are:

  • Negligent Extraction The dentist may have made a mistake when removing a tooth. This may result in nerve damage, infections, and severe pain and suffering.
  • Failure to Supervise Employees –  A dentist’s employee may have performed procedures without authorization. While they were the ones who harmed you, your dentist is responsible for the actions of their employees
  • Failure to Diagnose  The dentist is required to identify early warning signs and advise the patient on the best cause of action. If they don’t, it may cause suffering for you later. 
  • Improper Use of Anesthesia – Anaesthesia can be dangerous if not administered in safe doses. Failure to take care may result in brain damage, hyperthermia, or respiratory distress.

When we file a dental malpractice claim together, we will recover medical records that will be used as evidence, hold insurance companies accountable, and ensure we’re making the right steps to help you recover.

Damages in a Dental Malpractice Claim

When you’re hurt by a dentist’s negligence, you may have grounds for damages, or funds that cover the economic and non-economic suffering you experienced. These damages can be difficult to calculate. 

For example, economic damages cover the financial costs of dental malpractice. You may have medical costs to repair the damage done, time off work while you heal, and other related expenses. 

Non-economic damages aren’t as clear-cut. These damages cover the emotional toll of your injuries, such as emotional distress or disfigurement if the damage to your teeth is severe. If you’ve experienced pain and suffering because of the damage done to your smile, you may need a lawyer to help you calculate the damages and seek the best possible settlement. 

Get In Touch With a Qualified Personal Injury Attorney

If you believe that you or your loved one has experienced dental malpractice, do not hesitate to reach out to The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo. We have the experience and technical know-how to collect and preserve evidence. 

Our lawyers also offer free consultations, if you have questions about your claim or aren’t sure whether you’ve suffered malpractice. You can reach out to us by dialing 561-659-6366 or by filling out the online contact form below.