You have probably heard of numerous medical malpractice claims filed against hospitals, nursing staff members, or doctors. However, medical errors are only one kind of malpractice. Any professional who fails to meet the standards of his or her field is potentially guilty of malpractice. For example, a negligent dentist or orthodontist can cause his or her patients to suffer from serious harm.
What Is Dental Malpractice?
Dental malpractice occurs when a dentist fails to provide reliable, safe, and effective treatment in accordance with his or her professional standards. Examples of errors that may be considered acts of dental malpractice include:
- Incorrect installation of braces or other devices
- Damage to the nerves of the mouth or tongue caused by surgical error
- Misuse of anesthesia during treatment
- Failure to correctly diagnose and treat a dental condition
- Performance of unnecessary and harmful procedures
Dentists, orthodontists, and oral surgeons who treat their patients negligently can cause innocent victims to suffer a variety of injuries. Dental malpractice can lead to permanent nerve damage, chronic pain, deformities of the mouth or face, and even death. Professionals who cause harm through careless actions need to be held accountable for the harm they inflict on others.
If you or a member of your family has experienced improper medical treatment from a dentist, you may have grounds for pursing compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and more. contact the Indianapolis personal injury lawyers of the Hankey Law Office today at (800) 520-3633 to secure the legal representation you need and deserve.