Our Michigan dental malpractice lawyers represent clients injured due to mistakes by dentists. This includes cases against oral surgeons, periodontists, orthodontists, or other dental professionals.
Patient injuries occur due to the failure to diagnose a condition or to properly treat a dental condition. Many injuries are caused by negligence during the procedure itself. Because there are risks associated with most procedures, the injuries suffered must be a result of negligence to succeed in a dental malpractice case.
Examples of Dental Malpractice Negligence
There are many types of dental malpractice that can occur. These include:
- Wisdom tooth extraction injuries
- Failure to diagnose oral or tongue cancer
- Root canal mistakes
- Improper administration of anesthesia
- Errors in the placement of crowns, bridges, and fillings
- Negligence in placement of dental implants
- Extraction of the wrong tooth
- Failure to treat post-surgical infections or prescribe antibiotics
- Medication mistakes
- Physical or sexual abuse by a dentist
- Failure by a general dentist to refer to a specialist, such as an oral surgeon
Determining if You Have a Case
To determine if you have a case, it is necessary to have your chart reviewed by another dental professional. That dentist will determine if your injury was the result of negligent treatment.
Our legal team will get your records and x-rays and have them reviewed by a nationally recognized expert. The expert will tell us if you were the victim of dental malpractice and if improper treatment caused your injuries. If your case meets both criteria, you have the basis to file a lawsuit in Michigan.
Common Injuries in Dental Lawsuits
The most common injuries resulting from dental malpractice are:
- Nerve injuries, including the lingual nerves
- Facial numbness, tingling, and loss of sensation
- Infections causing significant injuries
- Temporal mandibular joint syndrome (TMJ)
- Fractured jaws
- Loss of teeth
- Wrongful death
- Severe pain and discomfort
Types of Compensation Available
The injured patient can request compensation for pain and suffering, disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, and disability caused by a dental mistake. Other damages include payment of medical expenses and lost wages.
Settlements are often substantial for cases involving permanent nerve damage and those resulting in significant problems with the mouth and jaw.
In cases involving death, the surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit. These claims often result from anesthesia errors and the failure to timely diagnosed oral cancer. Family members can seek damages for the pain and suffering of the loved one before the death. They can also claim the loss of society and companionship resulting from the loss of the family member.
Statute of Limitations For Dental Malpractice Lawsuits
In Michigan, there is a strict time deadlines for filing a dental malpractice case. This time limit, called the statute of limitation, is two years from the date of the negligent treatment. There are very few exceptions. Therefore, it is important to contact a Michigan dental malpractice lawyer as soon as you believe you are the victim of improper treatment.
Contact us now to start on your case. There are no legal fees whatsoever unless you receive a settlement.
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