Are You The Victim Of Georgia Dental Malpractice?
Going to the dentist might be one of America’s most-dreaded activities. No one is happy to have dental work. However, we endure a lot in order to maintain good oral hygiene. Dental work is not only unpleasant, it’s also expensive, so when things go wrong, it can be especially frustrating. We put a lot of trust in our dentist to know what they are doing. With your mouth open or while under anesthesia, it is basically impossible to supervise or check the dentist’s work as they go, so we trust them to know what they are doing and not make any mistakes. However, that is not always the case. Negligent dental work can have serious, painful, and even deadly consequences. If you have been the victim of the careless or negligent work of a dentist or oral surgeon and it has had expensive and painful consequences for you, you may have legal options available to you. Bringing a personal injury lawsuit can allow you to recover for harm that you suffered at the hands of a negligent dentist. The information in this article is general. However, if you would like personalized feedback based on your specific case, you are encouraged to reach out to the Alpharetta personal injury attorneys at Hawkins Spizman Trial Lawyers and schedule a free consultation.
When Can You Sue for Dental Malpractice?
Dental procedures can be complicated and success is not guaranteed. It is possible for dentists to make mistakes or errors that do not amount to dental malpractice. In order to constitute dental malpractice, the dentist’s conduct must be deemed negligent. This requires that a patient-dentist relationship exist between the patient and dentist, and that the dentist’s actions fail to meet the professional standard of care that would be expected. Whether the dentist breached the professional standard of care is determined by looking at whether a similarly-skilled dentist would have been likely to do the same thing as the defendant-dentist did. If another similarly-skilled dentist would be likely to do the same thing then it is likely to meet the threshold of expected professional care. However, if a similarly-skilled dentist would have been unlikely to take the same actions as your dentist did, then you have a good chance of succeeding in your negligence claim. Next, you must establish that the dentist’s negligent act was the direct cause of the harm that you suffered. Finally, you must show that you were damaged as a result of this harm. This harm must be demonstrated financially. Expenses like medical bills, co-pays, treatment, and medication costs can all go toward your damages, as well as time off work, and pain and suffering.
Talk to a Georgia Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have suffered serious harm as a result of dental malpractice, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Hawkins Spizman Trial Lawyers are ready to help. Serving Atlanta, Dunwoody, Alpharetta, Cobb County, Fulton County, Gwinnett County, Johns Creek, Sandy Springs, and the greater Georgia area, let us fight to get you the compensation that you deserve. Don’t wait any longer, contact us today to schedule your free consultation.