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Can a Dentist be Sued for Medical Malpractice

Can a dentist be sued for medical malpractice? This is a question that many people are asking. It is a question that you are probably asking if you have been to the dentist and believe that you are the victim of mistakes the dentist made.

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The answer to the question is “Yes” a dentist can be sued for medical malpractice. In fact, it may surprise you to know that estimates are that one out of every seven medical malpractice lawsuits are made against a dental professional.

What do you think of?


When the subject of medical malpractice is brought up, the thing that likely comes into your mind is a surgeon who does an operation that is not necessary or makes a mistake in surgery, such as taking out the wrong kidney. Or, you may think of a doctor who makes the wrong diagnosis or prescribes the wrong medication, but you probably do not think about a dentist when it comes to medical malpractice or lawsuits.

Since it is true that a dentist can be sued for medical malpractice, what type of things would constitute medical malpractice by a dentist? Any sort of negligence on the part of a dentist involving poor dental care may be viewed as medical malpractice. It should also be pointed out that any of the dentist’s professional staff could be sued for medical malpractice if they are found guilty of negligence involving poor dental care.

Here are some things that would probably be considered as medical malpractice on the part of a dentist or the dentist’s professional staff. Some of these include:

Failure to develop and follow a treatment plan
Doing defective or improper dental work like fillings, crowns, etc.
Failure to obtain informed consent, or treatment that exceeded the scope of informed consent
Prescribing improper dosage and medication
Failure to diagnose or treat oral conditions, such as periodontal (gum) disease or oral cancer
Any kind of misdiagnosis
Improper or delayed treatment of an oral condition
Negligent or improper administration of dental anesthesia
Failure to respond to any kind of complication
Any kind of injury to your body that results from going to a dentist
A foreign object being left in your mouth
Any type of personal injury to your mouth or surrounding tissue or bone.

There are some things that may be indications of medical malpractice on the part of a dentist. For example, if after going to the dentist, you experience:

Any type of obvious injuries to your other teeth or mouth
Infections
Numbness or loss of taste sensation
Structural injuries to your jaw, chin, lips and tongue
Injuries that bring about tooth loss
Injuries to the nerves of your lips, tongue, chin and jaw
Nerve damage
Injuries that are associated with implants or tooth extractions
Scarring.

If you believe that you have been the victim of medical malpractice on the part of a dentist or one of the dentist’s professional staff, it would be a smart idea to call a personal injury attorney and let him or her evaluate your case. It may be that you have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against the dentist or one of the dentist’s professional staff.
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