The main reason to hire a good dental malpractice attorney is based on the fact that your attorney will be able to let you know if you have a strong case. Your consultation will help you understand if your attorney costs are justifiable against how much you will gain from your settlement.
It is important that your attorney can prove that your dentist has been negligent and you have suffered as a result of his/ her negligence. Here are some of the possible scenarios below.
Failure to diagnose, or wrong diagnosis – If your dentist did not diagnose a problem in time and this caused further damage, you have a strong case. For example, if your dentist did not diagnose a gum disease or allowed it to get worse which resulted in you losing teeth, the chances of you winning your case will be higher.
Failure to obtain informed consent – Before major treatments or surgery, your dentist has to get written consent before a procedure. The consent must also be informed consent; this means that your dentist explains the procedure and the risks to your before starting using language and terminology you can understand.
Injuries to your lips, tongue or mouth – If your dentist has been careless and you leave the clinic with a cut lip, tongue or mouth the chances are that your dentist has been negligent.
Improper treatment – If your dentist has failed to place your implants correctly, which resulted in your implants falling out or your root canal has caused a tooth infection, you have a strong case.