A 40-year-old woman was awarded $145,261 by a jury when her dental treatment was incomplete after five years instead of the promised three to six months, according to her lawsuit. The plaintiff needed 12 crowns, but her treatment was complicated by a malocclusion and after five years all 12 crowns were still not completed. The woman claimed she suffered complications including jaw pain as a result of negligent delays in dental treatment. The dentist claimed the delays were due to the unforeseen complications and the woman’s own schedule.
Dental malpractice occurs when a dentist makes a mistake in treatment that would not have been made by most dentists under similar circumstances. This is called the standard of reasonable care. Dental malpractice can take many forms including doing treatment that was not necessary, failing to diagnose a serious condition such as cancer, and causing further damage in the course of treatment.
Another type of dental malpractice is a dental delay. Many dental procedures must, by their nature, be completed over a series of visits. There are situations where a dental procedure can only begin after another procedure is completed. When the treatment is delayed, it can cause the patient additional, unnecessary pain and discomfort. A dental delay can also lead to further complications. And patients often face embarrassment in public because of their appearance.
If you have been injured because of a dentist’s negligent treatment, our medical malpractice lawyers can help. We have the experience in representing patients who have been hurt as a result of dental malpractice and are familiar with the professional standard of care to which the dentist should be held.