Baltimore Dental Malpractice Attorneys Demand Compensation for Improper Care
Holding dentists accountable who do harm
A trip to the dentist is stressful under the best circumstances. But when accidents happen, you can find yourself in constant pain, physically debilitated and even have your appearance marred. These unintended consequences can have wide-reaching effects on your self-confidence around others, your ability to work and your overall well-being. The attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC understand the details of malpractice law, and will work to prove your dentist is responsible for paying all damages owed to you.
What is dental malpractice?
It’s common to leave the dentist feeling numb, a sore jaw or with some tenderness around your gums. But if these symptoms persist or if your condition is not resolved, there may be grounds for a malpractice claim. A lawyer can help you determine if you have a strong enough case to file a lawsuit, but common dental malpractice claims include:
- Failure to diagnose. If your dentist examines your mouth and overlooks a serious condition that progresses or worsens without care, you can sue for damages.
- Failure to obtain informed consent. A dentist or hygienist should not push you toward a course of action without your full understanding, or while you are under the influence of a numbing agent or tranquilizing gas.
- Surgical or anesthetic errors. Dental surgery is just as serious as any other surgery you might undergo in a hospital; in fact, in such close proximity to your face and brain, there may be heightened risk factors, so any accident can have serious consequences.
- Nerve damage. Every tooth in your mouth is connected to a nerve ending, and those nerves can be affected even during a routine procedure if your dentist isn’t careful, causing chronic pain or limiting jaw mobility.
If you think you are the victim of any of these situations, or have suffered any other adverse affect following dental care, call an experienced lawyer for a consultation about your legal options.
How to prove a dental malpractice claim
In most malpractice claims, the responsibility falls to the patient to prove negligence on behalf of their dentist. Negligence is determined in comparison to an average dentist’s level of care in a similar situation. Ultimately, the patient must prove four things:
- The dentist owed a duty of care to the patient. Typically, this is determined by the dentist accepting payment for specified dental care or advice.
- That duty of care was breached. This can be through a mistake, oversight, failure to act or other behavior.
- You must have suffered an injury. The dentist’s actions must have had some physical or proven psychological effect on you.
- That injury must be caused by the dentist’s breach of duty of care. There must be a reasonable connection between the dentist’s care and the adverse effects you’ve suffered.
It can seem difficult to be able to prove all of these elements to the standard that a court requires, but a dental malpractice law firm will do the research and put the pieces together to build a strong claim on your behalf.
Talk to a Maryland dental malpractice lawyer about your case today
The attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC have experience in malpractice cases, including those involving dental professionals. For a free consultation, call us at (800) 918-8872 or contact us online. We serve Baltimore, Baltimore County, Howard County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel, Prince George’s County and Harford County. We work on a contingency basis, which means our firm does not receive any fees unless we recover compensation for you.