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Can I File a Personal Injury Claim Against a Dentist

Can I File a Personal Injury Claim Against a Dentist?

It’s no secret that a sizable percentage of the population hates going to the dentist. The sound of the drill is the least of your worries as dental errors can occur, resulting in injury and pain. When you have had an unpleasant experience with a dentist, it is important to determine if the pain you are experiencing is due to carelessness on the part of the dentist. You may have the basis for a dental malpractice case if the dentist was negligent. 

Dental Personal Injury Claims

Damage to the teeth, gums, bone, tongue, soft tissue, or nerves may be the result of careless dentistry. It is up to you to prove that the dentist did not provide an appropriate level of oral healthcare. 

Whether there was negligence or intentional malicious acts on the part of a dentist is what forms the basis of a dental personal injury claim. There are many common examples of dental malpractice that could result in an injured party filing a claim against the responsible dentist. 

Gum Damage

Gum damage is a relatively common occurrence when a dentist or dentistry professional causes damage to soft tissue close to a treatment area. If you have had dental implant surgery, a root canal, or crowns that resulted in injury, you should speak to a personal injury lawyer right away. 

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Lingual nerve damage can occur during a wisdom tooth extraction. This damage may be due to the negligent actions of a dentist or oral surgeon. The lingual nerve controls sensations in the tongue. Damage can impact on your ability to taste and chew food. The injury may eventually heal; however, permanent damage can also occur. 

Dental Implant Nerve Damage

Damage to the nerves inside the teeth can result during implant surgery. If the damage is permanent it can impact on a number of oral functions include taste and salivation control. If you experience symptoms such as drooling, impaired speech or numbness after a dental implant surgery that doesn’t pass, the dentist may have damaged the nerve in your tooth. 

Failure to Disclose Risks

When you go to the dentist for treatment, you have a right to choose whether or not you accept any treatment. The dentist has a responsibility to disclose any risks associated with treatment. Patients who are injured during treatment having not been informed of the risks may have a case for a personal injury claim. 

Serious Dentistry Injuries

Most dentists take great care to ensure that patients are not injured during treatment. When injuries do occur, patients have a right to pursue a claim for dental malpractice. Serious dental injuries can have long-lasting effects. 

You may suffer symptoms including pain and discomfort, loss of sensation in the tongue, and a speech impediment. If you believe that a dentist’s negligence or intentional acts lead to dental injury, seek advice from H. Lehman Franklin P.C. right away. 

You can reach our team on 912-764-9616 or email at info@hlfranklin.com to benefit from a free consultation with an expert legal professional in Georgia.