Is Dental Malpractice the Same as Medical Malpractice?

Most people hate visiting the dentist whether it is for a routine exam and cleaning or a more serious tooth extraction. Regardless the reason for your visit, the dentist’s office is not a place most people find pleasurable. So, when your dentist ends up doing more harm than good that result in pain and suffering for you as well as additional expenses, you deserve to be compensated for the injuries you sustain. What type of suit is dental malpractice? If you or a loved one have been injured due to the negligence of your dental practitioner or facility, contact an experienced Maryland medical malpractice attorney to help you determine whether you have a viable claim and to help you determine how to move forward with that claim.

Dental Malpractice

Although dentists and their practitioners are not considered medical doctors, when you are injured by one, the effects could be just as damaging. Dental malpractice happens when a dentist fails to perform in the way that other dentists similarly situated would practice, and though it is dental malpractice, it fails within the same category of medical malpractice and is governed by the same laws. As in medical malpractice cases, dental practitioners have a duty to adhere to the industry’s standard of care in a reasonable manner. When these standards are not practiced, dental malpractice may be a sufficient claim where injury is involved. The most common dental malpractice claims are due to:

  • Numbness
  • Unnecessary extractions
  • Loss of taste
  • Severe pain
  • Transmissions of infectious diseases
  • Nerve damage

Just as with medical malpractice cases, expert testimony is required and you have three years to bring a claim from the date that the injury was discovered to bring a claim. If you wait longer, you will be barred from ever bringing a claim. Because of this, it is invaluable to seek legal representation and advice if you find yourself in this situation.

Need Legal Advice?

When you have been injured due to the negligence of a dental practitioner you may be frustrated, overwhelmed, and frightened. Just remember that you have the ability to seek compensation for any pain and suffering and medical costs that you have incurred as a result of this negligence. You do not have to go through this process alone, though you may feel alone, and at Hassan, Hassan & Tuchman, PA we are here to fight for your rights and to advocate on your behalf. If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of a dental practitioner, contact our office today so that we can ensure that you receive the maximum compensation based on your injuries. Contact our office today for a consultation.