Like doctors, dentists are legally required to provide an acceptable standard of care to their patients. If a dentist fails to meet this obligation, then that dentist can be held liable for dental malpractice.
To prove dental malpractice, a patient needs to show that the dentist caused the patient substantial injury, pain, or suffering by committing an intentional or unintentional act that another reasonable dentist would not have done.
Cases of dentist malpractice
There are a number of different ways in which a dentist can commit dental malpractice. Some of the more common examples of this type of negligence include:
- The dentist does not receive the consent of the patient for a procedure. This does not mean that the result of the procedure meets the satisfaction of the patient, but simply that the dentist failed to received the patient’s consent before the procedure.
- The procedure results in permanent nerve damage due to complications in oral surgery.
- A root canal procedure results in permanent numbness.
- During a tooth extraction procedure, the dentist mistakenly removes a good tooth.
In dental malpractice cases, patients can sue for both compensatory and punitive damages. These include rewards for the cost of the treatment, costs of subsequent treatments, pain and suffering caused by the malpractice, and any lost income due to missed work.
If you have been a victim of dental malpractice, contact a Cincinnati personal injury lawyer at Stepleton Dugan, LLC today at 513-321-7733.