Your dentist is not an oral surgeon and may not be performing surgery. He may not even be prescribing medication for you. However, something as routine as a dental cleaning, cavity filling, or root canal can result in significant complications if your dentist is negligent.
3 Risks of Dental Malpractice
Your dentist owes you a duty of care. If he is negligent and fails to provide the care that another reasonable dentist would provide, and you are injured as a result of that negligence, then you may be able to recover damages. Some of the risks presented by a negligent dentist include:
- The failure to diagnose cancer. Sometimes, oral cancer may be detected in a routine dental exam by a dentist who is using reasonable care.
- Spreading infection. Open cuts or unsanitary instruments could allow infections to spread if reasonable safety precautions are not taken.
- Anesthesia errors. While the anesthesia used in dental offices is generally safe, mistakes can be made that can cause patients serious harm. For example, if the patient has certain medical conditions or takes certain medications, then certain precautions may be necessary.
If you have suffered physical harm because of a dentist’s negligence, then you deserve to know your rights and to make an appropriate recovery.
Call a Louisville Medical Malpractice Lawyer if You Are Injured
An experienced Louisville medical malpractice attorney may be able to help you get the recovery that you deserve. Please call us today at 888-450-4456 or 502-210-8942 to find out more about your rights and possible recovery.