New York Orthodontist Cases
Millions Recovered for Our Injured Clients
Like all dentists and medical professionals, orthodontists must also be held to certain standards when it comes to providing care to patients. Whether patients are being fitted for braces or need a teeth straightening surgery to correct their smiles, all people deserve to feel safe when visiting their orthodontist and trust that they will leave their appointments without further injuries or other issues. Chianese & Reilly Law, however, has handled countless cases for clients who have been wrongly harmed by their orthodontists. If you are experiencing pain or negative side effects as a result of an orthodontic procedure, don’t hesitate to contact our New York attorneys. Our team has handled orthodontist cases for decades and has recovered millions of dollars for clients who have been injured by dental professionals. We can hold negligent parties responsible for their actions to ensure they don’t harm others the way they’ve harmed you.
Orthodontics vs. Dentistry
While dentists and orthodontists are both medical professionals who focus on oral healthcare, dentists tend to focus more generally on teeth, tongue, and gum conditions while orthodontists receive specialized care in treating the alignment of one’s teeth and jaws.
Orthodontists are certified and trained to set patients’ jaws and teeth with treatments that can include braces and retainers, other dental appliances like palatal expanders, and teeth straightening surgery. Sometimes, however, their failure to set teeth properly can result in negative side effects like decay and infection and can cause teeth to wear down at a fast rate.
Forms of Orthodontic Negligence
Because orthodontists use various tools and appliances when performing procedures, if they’re not careful, they can cause severe damage to their patients’ teeth, roots, and nerve endings. In addition to botched procedures and surgeries, orthodontists can also be negligent if they fail to obtain your consent before they conduct a procedure. Orthodontists are required to inform their patients of the risks involved with their procedure to help them decide whether they want to proceed. If you feel that you weren’t properly informed on your procedure and that you were negligent performed on, you may be able to file a dental malpractice claim.
Another common form of orthodontic negligence includes:
- Root resorption: Root shortening, or root resorption, can occur as a result of orthodontic treatment. Roots resorption can put a tooth at risk of loss and should be avoided by orthodontists, but sometimes they either fail to notice and treat the issue, or they can cause root resorption by fastening braces tightly.
While it’s relatively normal to walk away from procedures feeling sore for a few days, if your pain or other side effects don’t go away, you should seek immediately medical treatment and then call our attorneys to look into your situation. Your orthodontist’s treatment should be helping you, not harming you.
Damages We Recover
If you or a loved one is a victim or orthodontic negligence, we can use our extensive experience in dental malpractice cases to help you recover. Whether your braces were incorrectly applied or you’re suffering from the effects of improperly administered anesthesia, you deserve to be compensated for your damages.
Damages we recover include medical bills, including the costs of additional surgeries and medications needed to correct your issue, as well as lost wages and pain and suffering. You can rest assured knowing our attorneys work tirelessly to achieve justice for our clients and to help them reclaim their lives after a traumatic procedure or surgery.
Holding orthodontists liable for damages requires experiences and legal skills that our team can provide. Call our New York attorneys today at (516) 604-2240 for a free consultation.