When you hear the term medical malpractice, you probably envision a surgeon making a harmful mistake during a procedure. However, medical malpractice applies to other fields of health care as well. For example, if your dentist causes you harm, he or she is also susceptible to a malpractice claim.
Dental malpractice isn’t something you often hear about, but it does happen. It’s wise to know your rights if you think that you or your loved one may have been victimized by a negligent dentist.
When can you sue for dental malpractice?
Anytime a dental professional makes an error resulting in injury, you can start a malpractice claim. However, you must be able to prove several elements to find success. These elements include:
- You have a relationship with the dentist. You can prove this with receipts and other documents clearly showing a dentist-patient relationship.
- You suffered significant harm during a dental visit. Examples of this harm include nerve damage, broken jawbones and failure to diagnose severe conditions like oral cancer.
- The dentist’s error is the cause of your harm. In simple terms, you must show that the dentist injured you through negligence. It can be hard to prove causation, but an experienced malpractice lawyer can help you collect evidence.
The information above is just a sampling of the many aspects of medical malpractice centered on dental care. If your exact situation does not appear in this post, please consider reaching out for a legal opinion. If you succeed in a dental malpractice claim, you can recover significant financial compensation to help you overcome your injury and cover your expenses.
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