Tampa Dental Malpractice Lawyer
Dental malpractice may not sound as serious as an operating room error, birth injury or other form of medical malpractice, but it is a fact that a dental patient dies about every other day in the U.S. Dental work may be an unpleasant procedure that no one looks forward to, but nobody enters their dentist’s office thinking they may be permanently injured or worse. Dentists are medical doctors, and they are held to a high standard of competence and care when treating their patients. Dentists who fail to meet this standard can be liable to patients for the harm they have caused through their malpractice, and the Tampa dental malpractice lawyers at The Palmer Law Firm in Tampa will fight to see that injured patients receive the compensation they need to get proper dental care and make up for the harm which has been done to them.
Facts about the Many Forms of Dental Malpractice
Like other doctors, dentists are required to carry malpractice insurance, and they are liable for their mistakes which cause harm to the patient. The basis of a dental malpractice claim is that the dentist failed to perform according to the standard that a reasonable and prudent dentist would, and this failure caused significant injury. Unfortunately, dental errors can in fact cause significant damage, not just to the teeth and gums, but to other parts of the body through infections, from osteonecrosis in the jaw to heart damage.
Some of the many ways in which dentists can cause significant injury to their patients include the following:
- Failure to diagnose or treat oral cancer or periodontal disease
- Failure to treat or control an oral infection
- Health complications from removal of wisdom teeth
- Surgical errors during oral surgery
- Medication errors
- Failure of a bridge, crown or dental implant
- Crafting a defective oral device
- Mistaken extraction of a healthy tooth
- Anesthesia errors
- Nerve damage to the tongue, jaw, lips or facial muscles
- Disfigurement of mouth, face or teeth
- Improper treatment resulting in chronic, debilitating pain
- Neglecting to disclose risks before treatment
- Neglecting to obtain informed consent before a procedure
- Performing work beyond the bounds of informed consent
- Intentional misconduct with sedated patient
- Practicing dentistry without a license
Injuries caused by dental injuries are painful and traumatic. They frequently require revision work by a competent dentist to correct the errors, often including oral surgery. This work is often more invasive, serious, and requires additional time to be missed from work, increasing the costs and losses inflicted on the patient. It is important to retain an attorney who understands the full range of costs that dental errors may bring, and who knows how to bring a strong case proving the dentist’s liability.
Dedicated and Experienced Tampa Medical Malpractice Lawyers for Your Dental Malpractice Claim
If you have been harmed by negligent or incompetent dental work performed by a dentist, orthodontist, periodontist or oral surgeon, call The Palmer Law Firm, P.A. at 813-506-5651 for a free consultation with a team of experienced and successful Tampa dental malpractice lawyers.