Types of Dental Negligence Claim
As mentioned above, the professional's responsibility is to diagnose their patient's condition. Providing incorrect or inaccurate information about a patient's diagnosis can lead to increased medical costs and more invasive procedures to address complications caused by the initial treatment.
Failure to Diagnose
Dentists and other medical professionals must diagnose their patients' conditions, whether they occur during regular check-ups or after treatment has already begun. Failure to notice early signs or providing false information to the patient about their condition can lead to severe injury and long-term complications.
Dental trauma is damage to the mouth's soft tissues, such as teeth, lips, tongue, gums, and jawbones. Dental trauma is often very painful and must be treated immediately. Tooth loss or tooth fracture are typical types of dental trauma.
Nerve damage during a dental procedure can be excruciating and cause lasting injuries to the patient. Nerve damage will lead to an inability to feel or use one or more areas of the mouth, which may require further treatment for the patient to regain their abilities.
In some instances, a surgeon might fail to properly strap down a patient's muscles or tissue before performing surgery, leading to severe injury or nerve damage.
Infections and Infestations
Bacteria and other pathogens can lead to infections and infestations. When they occur due to negligent dental care, patients might suffer disfigurement or even death due to the infection spreading further throughout the body.
Some dental treatments can carry serious risks, including damaging teeth or requiring invasive procedures to be performed. If a medical professional fails to perform the correct examination and diagnosis, they may fail to inform a patient about these risks before agreeing to treat them, leading to an injury resulting from treatment.
Cosmetic Dentistry Negligence
Cosmetic dentistry can lead to a variety of results, from minor complications to permanent disfigurement or death. When these negative outcomes occur as a result of professional negligence, patients have the right to seek compensation from dental malpractice solicitors.
Substandard Remedial Treatment
To restore a patient's functionality as soon as possible, a medical professional might require invasive treatments to correct mistakes they made during the first procedure. However, if those procedures are found to be substandard or carry more risks than necessary, the patient can claim compensation from their dentist for inflicting additional pain and suffering.
This occurs when gums recede from the teeth, sometimes exposing the nerves. This causes severe pain and can lead to several problems in other areas of the mouth. When a dentist's negligence causes periodontal disease, patients have the right to claim compensation from their medical professional.