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Dental Malpractice FAQs

What constitutes dental malpractice?

Dental malpractice refers to any situation in which a dental care professional causes a patient physical harm by acting in a way that is below the acceptable standard of care that is expected of a dentist. In other words, dental malpractice occurs when dental staff do not work as carefully as they need to in order to provide their patients with safe and proper care. Examples of dental malpractice include injuring a nerve when extracting a tooth, improperly administering anesthesia, fracturing a jaw, extracting the wrong tooth, and any procedure that leads to infection. While dental malpractice is relatively uncommon, its results can be serious. If you believe your dental care has been compromised by the negligent actions of your dentist, it is wise to have an experienced attorney examine your case.
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What damages are recoverable in a dental malpractice case?

In terms of recoverable damages, dental malpractice is typically the same as any other medical malpractice case. Victims of dental malpractice may be able to receive compensation for a few different damages. The first expense that is usually included is the cost of the procedure in which the malpractice occurred. Next, any follow-up procedures that the patient had to have done, or any future dental procedures, are likely to be included in the calculation of compensation. If the patient had to consult with any other medical professionals, then this cost may be covered as well. Lastly, a victim of dental malpractice may receive compensation for pain and suffering.
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What should I do if my dentist was negligent?

If you have been injured or have developed an illness because of the negligent actions of your dentist, you may be in the position to sue the dentist or their practice for financial compensation. This may include any financial cost related to the incident of dental malpractice. To determine if you are, in fact, a victim of dental malpractice, it is best to consult with an experienced attorney. A knowledgeable malpractice lawyer will be able to provide you with all your legal options and help you make smart, informed decisions about how to proceed.
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Share Your Story with Us

If you or a loved one have been the victim of dental malpractice, please contact the Appleton personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today for help. Call us at 800-242-2874 to discover more about your legal options.