New York Attorneys Handling Dental Malpractice Cases
Hundreds of Millions Recovered for Clients
All medical professionals, including dentists and oral surgeons, have an obligation to maintain a standard of care and provide for their patients’ safety. Countless Americans go to the dentist with afflictions every year and expect to have their symptoms treated, not made worse. If you were injured as a result of negligent or substandard dental care, you may be experiencing debilitating pain and may have to pay thousands of dollars to treat your injuries and recover. Our compassionate New York attorneys know how challenging it can be to deal with these injuries and can fight to compensate you for all you’ve been through. Chianese & Reilly Law has more than five decades of experience in holding dental professionals responsible when their actions have injured the patients they’ve been trained to protect.
What is Dental Malpractice?
Dentistry is complicated work that requires dentists to be alert and attentive when they’re treating patients – when professionals fail to perform their responsibilities in a safe way, injuries and deaths can occur. Dental malpractice is a form of negligence that occurs when patients are harmed by negligent dental work, failure to diagnose or treat a dental condition, delayed diagnosis or treatment of oral disease, or any intentional misconduct on the part of the dental professional.
Common injuries and conditions that victims of dental malpractice can suffer from include:
- Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose oral cancer
- Radiation injuries
- Nerve damage to lips or jaw
- Illness from medications
- Injuries from root canal surgeries
- Deformities from surgeries
- Unnecessary removal of teeth
- Damage to gums
- Permanent numbness from anesthesia
- Failure to diagnose tumors
- Improper placement of dental implants
Helping Clients with Oral Cancer
One of the most common types of dental malpractice is the misdiagnosis of oral cancer. Oral cancer can often appear as an ulcer on the floor of a patient’s mouth, and many dentists fail to correctly diagnosis it, resulting in worsening conditions. Dentists who encounter these ulcers should conduct a biopsy to diagnose it and begin treating it immediately.
Elements to Prove in a Claim
In order to have a valid dental malpractice claim, patients must be able to prove that their dentist unintentionally failed to provide an adequate standard of care or intentionally committed an act that no other qualified dentist would have committed in the same situation.
In addition to showing that the professional in question failed to uphold the standard of care, patients also much show that the dentists’ negligence caused their injuries and damages. Individuals can’t file a claim just because they’re dissatisfied with the results of the dentist’s services.