Georgia Dental Malpractice Lawyer

What is Dental Malpractice?

Dentists and other dental professionals have a legal duty to comply with a certain standard of care when treating their patients. Dental malpractice or negligence occurs when a dentist, oral surgeon, orthodontist, other dental professional, or ancillary staff member fails to comply with the standard of care in treating a patient and that failure causes serious injuries or even death. 

When a dental professional fails to comply with the standard of care and seriously injures a patient, they should be held accountable. Patients have the right to be compensated for their medical bills, future medical care related to their injuries, diminished quality of life, lost wages, and pain and suffering.   

The skilled dental malpractice attorneys at Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C. hold individuals and corporate entities responsible when dentists, oral surgeons, orthodontists, other dental professionals, or ancillary staff members harm patients through negligent care.

How to Prove Dental Malpractice

A successful dental malpractice case will establish the following points:

  • The victim was the patient of a dentist, oral surgeon, orthodontist or other dental professional.
  • Prove by expert testimony that the dental professional breached the standard of care required by law.
  • As a result of the breach of the standard of care, the victim suffered a serious injury or even death.

A History of Results

We have an established track record of bringing our clients results they expect and deserve. We have recovered millions of dollars for our clients, and we know how to fight the insurance companies and dental facilities.

Examples of Dental Malpractice

Some examples of dental malpractice may include, but are not limited to:

  • Misdiagnosis of dental or oral diseases, cancer, or other conditions
  • Failure to diagnose a condition
  • Failure to adequately treat a condition or infection
  • Surgical errors
  • Not taking an appropriate patient history
  • Unnecessary or incorrect procedures
  • Improper administration of anesthesia
  • Lack of training for staff
  • Improper licensing or permitting
  • Poor facility management such as unclean or unsanitary practices
  • Premature discharge
  • Failure to recognize symptoms
  • Any other violation of the standard of care

Unfortunately, some dental practices, particularly chain dental practices that have to meet certain revenue or productivity goals to satisfy their corporate investors, operate with a ‘profits over patients’ mentality. As a result, patients may receive negligent care, including having unncessary or improper procedures or receiving treatment by dental professionals lacking the proper licensing or permits, which may lead to serious injuries or even death.

The Effects of Dental Negligence and Malpractice

Victims of dental malpractice may suffer serious injuries that leave them disabled, unable to eat or drink, with severe physical scars, or with a diminished quality of life. Many victims require additional surgeries and procedures to correct the damage that’s been done. Some patients die as a result of dental malpractice. The effects of dental malpractice can be devastating for patients and their families, and leave victims with lifelong medical issues. Some examples of dental malpractice injuries may include, but are not limited to:

  • Serious jaw and mouth infections
  • Brain injuries
  • Undetected cancer that may lead to death
  • Nerve damage that can affect eating, drinking, or talking
  • Uncontrollable bleeding
  • Sepsis
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Wrongful death
  • Other catastrophic injuries

Symptoms of a Serious Dental Problem May Include:

  • Fever
  • Swelling
  • Uncontrollable bleeding
  • Swollen gums, tongue
  • Knots or lumps in the mouth or on the tongue
  • Loose teeth
  • Chronic jaw or mouth pain
  • Tooth or gum erosion
  • Painful chewing
  • Seizures

What is the Statute of Limitations for a Georgia Dental Malpractice Case?

Georgia’s statute of limitations laws vary depending on the type of injury suffered. In general, the statute of limitations for a dental malpractice lawsuit is two years. However, there are exceptions to this rule that can extend or shorten the time when a victim can file suit. Click here to learn more.  

Contact a Dental Malpractice Lawyer Today

Our experienced dental malpractice attorneys have the skills and knowledge to recover the compensation you deserve. We can determine whether you have a valid case, investigate the facility’s policies and procedures, and work with experts in the medical field to evaluate your condition and treatment. We will protect your interests by seeking adequate compensation for you either through settlement with the dentist, or by representing you at trial.

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries or death because a dentist, oral surgeon, orthodontist, other dental professional, or ancillary staff member breached the duty of care, contact us today. Please call our office at (706) 354-4000 to schedule a free consultation or fill out our contact form to tell us more about your case.

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