Dental negligence lawyers
Dentists, orthodontists, dental and oral surgeons owe the same duty of care to their patients as any other medical professional or healthcare provider and are required to exercise reasonable skill and care in the provision of treatment to their patients. Despite what sometimes seems like a “minor” procedure, if negligently performed, can result in significant problems that could have been avoided by the exercise of reasonable skill and care.
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Do dentists, orthodontists, dental and oral surgeons owe a duty of care to their patients?
The duty of care owed by practitioners who carry out orthodontic and dental treatment is the same as of any other medical practitioner or health care provider. They are required to exercise reasonable skill and care in provision of treatment to you. This involves taking all available and necessary precautions to avoid any harm or injury to a patient. When this “duty” is breached it can have devastating consequences and result in numerous ongoing disabilities.
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Dental negligence lawyers
There are many examples of medical negligence compensation claims that arise out of negligent dental or orthodontic treatment.
The most common example that arises in general dental practice involves nerve injuries as a result of injection of anaesthetic. The most common mechanism of nerve injury in such circumstances are a follows:
- The dental practitioner inserts a needle for injection of anaesthetic solution.
- Upon insertion of the needle, the patient experiences an “electric shock” type sensation or significant pain, as a result of the needle hitting a nerve or coming close to a nerve.
- The dental practitioner does not withdraw the needle and proceeds with the injection of the anaesthetic solution as normal.
- The anaesthetic solution causes physical pressure within the nerve sheath from the anaesthetic solution being forced under pressure into the nerve or from neurotoxic effects of local anaesthetic being injected into or in the vicinity of the nerve.
- The patient suffers permanent nerve damage resulting in numbness and altered sensation and in severe cases affected speech and taste.
Examples of dental treatments or procedures that can give rise to medical negligence compensation claims include:
- Dental anaesthetic complications [example above].
- Surgical extraction of teeth.
- Dental implants.
- Crown and bridge placement.
- Treatment of periodontal disease.
- Dental infections.
- Dental, oral, and maxillofacial procedures.
- Other forms of surgical errors and cosmetic dentistry procedures
If you believe that your dental health professional has breached their legal duty of care, you may have grounds for a compensation claim. A successful medical negligence claim for informed consent compensation can provide the care (both financially and emotionally) and support services you and your family need to live a better quality of life. Compensation can cover:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses (current and ongoing)
- Other compensations related to damages suffered from the dental procedure.
A pain-free process
We aim to make the claim process as simple and stress free as we possibly can for our clients. During your initial consultation we’ll:
- explain duty of carefulness what’s involved in making a medical malpractice claim for compensation;
- give you a projected timeline of your claim process; and
- provide an estimate of the value of dental malpractice claim.
We can then proceed immediately and work with you to achieve the best possible compensation outcome.