Why dentists should know their patients’ medical histories

Blog submitted by Dane Levy, Attorney of Dentalmal.com, a provider of legal services for those injured by dental malpractice in California

Providing healthcare for an individual can often be a team effort. A patient might see a primary care physician for general checkups, an ophthalmologist for eye exams, or a dentist for oral health issues. Yet, sometimes we lose sight of how interconnected our bodies can be. Medical issues in one area can affect problems in another. A failure to understand this has led to serious complications and even death in the worst cases. This is why dentists who overlook their patients’ medical issues can be liable for harmful negligence or dental malpractice.

In the past, there have been cases in which routine dental procedures have resulted in wrongful deaths. In some of these cases, dentists did not take patients’ previous heart problems into account before attempting procedures such as anesthesia. Even a routine cleaning can become life-threatening if a recent heart graft patient is not given antibiotics prior to the procedure. When people’s lives have been lost as a result of dental negligence, there should be no tolerance for careless behavior within the profession.

If you have lost a family member as a result of a dentist overlooking their medical history before a procedure, you may be entitled to compensation through a dental malpractice lawsuit. Attorney Dane Levy is an OC dental malpractice lawyer with years of experience, a track record of success, and an education from USC Dental School that can help you win your next dental malpractice case. Contact him today at the Levy Law Firm for more details.

Dental patient abandonment: A form of dental malpractice

Blog submitted by Dane Levy, Attorney of Dentalmal.com, a provider of legal services for those injured by dental malpractice in California

The complications brought by the COVID-19 pandemic have been challenging for healthcare providers all over the world and their patients. This even applies to medical professionals such as dentists, who have been unable to provide non-urgent checkups and appointments. Though our current situation has made it more difficult for dentists and their patients to communicate, dentists still have an obligation to make sure their patients are aware of their treatment options and are referred to the right type of treatments for their dental ailments. If a dentist is not available for an over-long period of time when a patient needs their help, they could be liable for patient abandonment, a form of medical malpractice.

Patient abandonment happens when a medical professional ends a doctor-patient relationship when a patient still needs care. It can be as simple as failing to answer a patient’s urgent question or postponing an appointment for too long, resulting in a patient’s condition worsening. To prove patient abandonment, a victim must prove that their dentist did terminate their doctor-patient relationship and that their dentist did not let them know about the relationship’s termination and did not provide them with any alternatives for treatment.

In this day and age, it is crucial for dental offices to reach out to their patients and let them know how to seek treatment during this pandemic and to always be available to answer any questions their patients may have. This is the best way to avoid allegations of patient abandonment.

If you are a victim of dental patient abandonment or any other form of dental malpractice and you need an OC dental malpractice lawyer, contact Attorney Dane Levy at the Levy Law Firm. His many years of experience and track record of success will help you get the compensation you deserve.

Is it worth it to file a dental malpractice claim?

Blog submitted by Dane Levy, Attorney of Dentalmal.com, a provider of legal services for those injured by dental malpractice in California

If your dentists’ negligence has led to lasting injuries, it’s understandable that you’d want to be compensated. However, you might be wondering if it’s worth it to exert effort and money to win a dental malpractice case. Fortunately, courts tend to understand how serious dental injuries can be, resulting in large sums being awarded to plaintiffs.

In one dental malpractice case in Morris County, a jury awarded the plaintiffs $1.3 million. Another dental malpractice victim who had paid her dentist $36,000 won a significantly higher sum of $450,000 for her dental injuries. Our very own Attorney Dane Levy has even won $2.3 million on behalf of a client with a lingual nerve injury. As of right now, this is the highest lingual nerve injury verdict in the United States.

If your dentist is found to be guilty of malpractice, the courts take it very seriously, but to prove dental malpractice, you must prove several things. First, you must prove that you were your dentist’s patient. Second, you must prove that your dentist violated the standard of care by acting negligently in a way most trained dental professionals would not have acted. You must also show that the physical, economic, and/or mental damages you suffered can be documented and that your dentist’s actions are directly responsible for your damages. If you have proof that your dental injuries have resulted in more expenses, the courts will take it into account when deciding how much you will be compensated.

Building a successful case requires an experienced, knowledgeable dental malpractice lawyer, and Dane Levy has won several high-profile cases. Contact him today if you need a dental malpractice attorney California for misdiagnosed oral cancer, nerve injuries, or any other form of dental malpractice.

The painful cost of wrongly inserted dental implants

Blog submitted by Dane Levy, Attorney of Dentalmal.com, a provider of legal services for those injured by dental malpractice in California

Inserting dental implants is a substantial surgical procedure that often results in permanent changes. It is often necessary for inserting tooth prosthetics and is designed so that your bones fuse with the metal in the implants. But what happens to patients when their dentists mishandle this delicate procedure?

According to several studies, poorly inserted dental implants can result in painful nerve damage that causes persistent problems for patients. One study from the Tokyo Dental College Hospital showed that many patients with nerve injuries from dental implants may never fully recover, as injuries to bone and skill will heal over time, but damage to nerves will not. The study also says that the pain and challenges associated with nerve injuries from dental implants can even lead patients to develop mental conditions such as anxiety and depression.

If you have suffered from a dental implant nerve injury as a result of poorly conducted surgical procedures, you might be able to sue your dentist for dental malpractice. If you can prove that your dentist owed you a duty of care, failed to act in a manner most trained dentists would act in the same situation, and left you with measurable, substantial injuries, you have a chance to win compensation for the distress you have experienced.

Dane Levy is a highly-experienced dental malpractice attorney who knows the ins and outs of dentistry from his time studying at the USC School of Dentistry. He has a proven track record of success and is ready to assess your case as soon as you’re able to contact the Levy Law Firm.

When can I sue my dentist?

Blog submitted by Dane Levy, Attorney of Dentalmal.com, a provider of legal services for those injured by dental malpractice in California

As healthcare professionals, dentists train for a very long time to ensure that they can care for teeth without any major accidents that will harm their patients. However, dentists aren’t perfect, and occasionally, their mistakes can cause lasting injury that could have been avoided.

If you believe your dentist has caused you great harm by being negligent or reckless, you might have an opportunity to sue for dental malpractice. The types of incidents that usually lead to dental malpractice cases include injuries related to poorly administered anesthesia or orthodontics, damaged nerves and tissues from extractions, dental infections, and failures to identify oral cancer.

To win a dental malpractice case, a victim must prove that their dentist violated the “standard of care in his community,” which means that the plaintiff must prove that in the same circumstances, other dentists in the community would not have done the same thing their dentist did. To prove this, the plaintiff must demonstrate a few things.

First, they must prove that their dentist owed a duty to them by establishing the existence of a dentist-patient relationship. Second, the plaintiff must demonstrate how the dentist breached the standard care by showing what the dentist should have done. This might require the testimony of medical or dental experts. Third, the plaintiff must show how the dentists’ breach of standard care caused harm to them. Fourth, the plaintiff must demonstrate how badly they were injured or damaged by the dentist’s negligence.

Based on this, it might sound like you have a legitimate case against your dentist. Dane Levy is a record-breaking dental malpractice attorney in Los Angeles who can help you win your case in California. Visit DentalMal.com for more details.