DENTAL MALPRACTICE

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Routine visits to the dentist twice a year are part of a patient’s overall health regimen and don’t often result in significant pain and serious injury. In recent decades, however, dental professionals have begun offering implants and other cosmetic procedures. These services, because of their complexity and the need for special training, have resulted in injuries that leave patients with grounds for a dental malpractice case.

Dental Malpractice Lawyer

Regulations regarding dental malpractice in the State of New Jersey require that a patient prove that the actions of a dental professional resulted in significant pain or serious injury. By law, dentists and oral surgeons are bound by standards of care. When those standards are determined to be inadequate or negligent, a case can be made for dental malpractice. Given the complexity of such cases, an injured patient seeking compensation should find attorneys familiar with New Jersey’s dental malpractice laws.

Common Forms of Dental Malpractice in New Jersey

Dental malpractice can be roughly broken down into four types.

  • The first is an error in treatment, which can occur when a dentist performs a procedure that the patient is not healthy enough to withstand. This can occur when the dentist fails to take an adequate medical history before treatment;
  • A second cause for malpractice is when a dentist does not implement proper dental techniques during a procedure. This sometimes occurs because a dental professional was not trained properly;
  • A third error that may result in a lawsuit is when a dental professional fails to check up on a patient after treatment. The State’s standards of care require that a dentist follow up with patients, especially after surgical procedures, and to check for signs such as severed nerves, which can lead to numbness in the face, lip, jaw or tongue. In addition, a failure to treat an infection can result in a patient being hospitalized; and
  • Finally, a case for malpractice may exist when a dentist neglects to refer a patient to a specialist when necessary.

Some of the specific injuries and problems can include the following:

  • Failure during endodontic procedures can include instruments left in canals, nerve and sinus perforations, air embolisms, and life-threatening infections;
  • Complications with anesthesia;
  • Unnecessary multiple extractions or extracting the wrong tooth;
  • Loss of bone support;
  • Failure to diagnose or treat periodontal disease in a timely fashion, often due to the fact that x-rays are not taken routinely or periodontal probings were not recorded;
  • Adverse reactions when drugs administered during treatment are contraindicated by the patient’s medical history;
  • Inadequate planning in implant procedures; and
  • Using dental equipment incorrectly.

While certain dental injuries are apparent immediately after treatment, others, such as infections, loss of taste, and nerve damage, may not manifest themselves until later.

However, whatever the extent of a patient’s injuries, it must be proven that the dental professional did not act within the profession’s standard of care. If a lawsuit is to be heard in the courts, a dentist negligence attorney will examine the validity of a patient’s claim.

A dentist’s negligence can not only lead to serious injury, but in rare cases, death. Mistakes in treatment can also cause a patient to miss time from work, which can result in financial hardships. A lawyer for dental malpractice can help patients pursue compensation. If you want more information, then Premier Legal Solutions, PLLC may be able to help. Give them a call at 267-824-2425 or go to 1lawyer.com and fill out the contact form.

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