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.