Visiting the dentist every six months for a routine check-up, cleaning or treatment of an occasional cavity is something many people consider just another part of their overall health regimen. While there may be a certain amount of pain and/or discomfort associated with these visits, some dental procedures can go beyond discomfort and result in significant pain and serious injury. In that case, you may have the grounds for a dental malpractice case.
Laws regulating dental malpractice differ for each state; generally, however, you need to prove that the actions of the dental professional resulted in significant pain and injury, not just short-term discomfort. Like other medical professionals, dentists and oral surgeons are bound by a certain standard of care and their patients have the right to expect them to perform within the confines of that standard. When the actions of a dentist or oral surgeon are determined to be inadequate or negligent, a case can be made for dental malpractice. To prove your case, however, you need the counsel of attorneys familiar with New Jersey’s dental malpractice laws.
Dental malpractice can take many forms including failing to diagnose a condition, extracting the wrong tooth, using equipment incorrectly, and not taking medical history into account before performing a procedure. Any one of these actions can lead to serious injury, including infection, disfigurement, nerve damage and other oral complications. If these injuries are severe enough, they can lead to missed time from work which, in turn, could result in financial hardships, as well.
Regardless of the extent of your injuries, however, it must be proven that the dental professional failed to act within the profession’s standard of care. For a dental malpractice lawsuit to be heard, there must be evidence that the dentist or oral surgeon performed the wrong procedure or acted in an incorrect or negligent manner. The attorneys at Rotolo Karch Law can help evaluate the facts surrounding your treatment to determine the validity of your claim.
Some dental injuries are apparent immediately following treatment, while others, including infections, nerve damage, misalignments and sometimes death, do not manifest themselves until much later. The attorneys at Rotolo Karch Law will work within the dental malpractice laws of the State, including their associated statute of limitations, to seek a fair and speedy settlement of your case.