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Dental Malpractice in Utah
You trust doctors and other medical professionals to apply a high standard of care, ethics, and experience when assisting you with a medical condition, and you expect your dentist to do everything possible to minimize injuries, errors, and problems in your treatment.
Unfortunately, as a Utah dental malpractice attorney can tell you, there are many different circumstances when a dentist might deviate from the standard of care that would have been provided by another dental professional. In these situations, you may have grounds to pursue a lawsuit against your dentist and any other dental professionals working in the facility who might have been involved in negligence.
These cases often hinge on the standard of care provided by your dentist and whether another dentist would have approached the same situation differently. You may not realize until after the fact that you have become the victim of Utah dental malpractice, which is why it is so important to get a second opinion. You may realize after visiting another dentist or dentist's office that the first dentist caused you harm and unnecessary pain. This information can become the basis of a Utah dental malpractice lawsuit.
In order to succeed with a Utah dental malpractice legal claim, you need to be able to show that you had a dentist and patient relationship with the person who caused you harm, that their behavior deviated from what should have been done in the situation and that you suffered injuries and damages as a result. You should keep track of any and all expenses associated with your Utah dental malpractice claim including medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses such as driving back and forth to dental appointments and the pain and suffering you experienced going through dental malpractice.
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What Is Required to File a Dental Malpractice Lawsuit?
Gathering all evidence in your case is important for meeting with a Utah dental malpractice attorney. The lawyers at Morgan & Morgan know that it can be difficult to determine when you have a strong case as a malpractice patient. It can also be nerve-racking to inform the dentist or the dental practice that you intend to file a malpractice case until you have had an opportunity to speak to a lawyer.
A lawyer will be familiar with the various steps of these cases and will handle a lot of the communication with relevant parties in your Utah dental malpractice case. This reduces a lot of the stress affecting you and allows you to remain focused on getting appropriate medical care. Dental malpractice is a very frustrating situation, but you should not have to worry about the legal aspects of your claim.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Utah Dental Malpractice Cases?
There are many different instances that can cause or contribute to dental malpractice. One of these includes complications from anesthesia, such as when the dentist fails to use the right amount of anesthesia or does not give you anesthesia in a timely manner as part of a dental procedure. Extraction errors, such as removing the wrong tooth, removing too much of a tooth, or causing damage to the gums, teeth, and bones around where a tooth was extracted, can also form the basis of a Utah dental malpractice lawsuit. Failing to diagnose a disease or infection can have serious implications for a patient.
If you went to your dentist's office and reported symptoms or the indications on your readings and from the exam were severe enough to have warranted additional diagnostic tests or investigation and your dentist failed to do so, you may be able to pursue damages in a Utah dental malpractice lawsuit. The attorneys at Morgan & Morgan can help you determine the ways in which your life has been affected by failure to diagnose or failure to treat an infection.
You may have missed out on important opportunities that could have saved the health of your teeth, gums, and bones because your dentist did not diagnose you appropriately. Lack of informed consent is another common cause of a Utah dental malpractice case. Your dentist must inform you of your options and share with you important irrelevant details regarding your treatment. If your dentist completed a procedure on you without your consent for doing so, you can sue them for Utah dental malpractice. In some cases, your dental health issues may be serious enough that you should be referred to a specialist.
If you did not receive a specialist referral for these serious and complicated issues and were left to suffer as a result or were given treatments that are designed for another infection or disease instead, suing your dentist for Utah dental malpractice may be an option that you wish to discuss with Morgan & Morgan. Performance of unnecessary procedures is a confusing experience for a patient, but it is one that can happen when a dentist makes a mistake, or for a dental practice attempting to bill insurance for procedures that the patient does not really need. Cosmetic dentistry failure is yet another cause of Utah dental malpractice lawsuits.
When you're investing in improving the cosmetic appearance of your teeth and your mouth, and a doctor makes a serious mistake, you could live with the physical consequences of this for the remainder of your life.
Finally, there are some circumstances in which a dentist makes a mistake that causes permanent damage, such as nerve injuries to the lip, tongue, or jaw. If you have recently been diagnosed with any of these problems or are experiencing strange symptoms after a procedure with your dentist, you need to set aside time to meet with a Utah dental malpractice attorney.
What Kinds of Damages Are Available?
You may be wondering whether or not it is worth it to pursue a Utah dental malpractice claim. You might simply want to close this chapter and move on with your life, not having to think again about the mistakes that your dentist made.
You may have had some of the issues partially or even fully corrected by another dentist at this point in time. However, you need to meet with a legal team that has the right network of dental experts who can give an honest opinion about your case and your likelihood of recovering compensation.
At Morgan & Morgan, we start your case by reviewing all of your evidence and concerns and give you an honest appraisal of what it might take to file a lawsuit and succeed with it. Sometimes this involves following the case all the way through to the courtroom, but often involves negotiations and settlements with insurance companies outside of the courtroom.
Why Should I Even File a Suit?
While no lawsuit will go back and undo the damage that you have already suffered because of Utah dental malpractice, your lawsuit can help you financially recover from some of the expenses associated with this traumatic event and can also send a message to your dentist and other dental professionals about the importance of accountability and ethics in treating patients.
Recovering compensation might be needed to help you get your dental health back on track, especially if you missed out on important treatments because your dentist made a mistake. Unfortunately, not all issues tied to dental malpractice can be reversed, even if you got a second opinion relatively quickly. You need to make sure you've got someone in your corner fighting for your rights when you develop a program because of poor dental treatment. Morgan & Morgan lawyers will be there for you from the beginning of your case to the end, providing you with support and attention to get you the justice you deserve.
Your decision to file a lawsuit against someone for Utah dental malpractice might help not only you but can also stop dentists who are billing unnecessary procedures or causing harm to other people. In these complicated scenarios, you need a legal team that will do everything possible to pursue compensation on your behalf.
There are many different factors that go into pursuing Utah dental malpractice, but one of the most important is who you choose on your legal team. Our lawyers will explain to you what to expect at every stage of the case, as well as what is required from you in order to file and pursue the claim. You won't have to worry about the legal issues in your claim as your attorney for Morgan & Morgan will keep you up to date about any new developments such as a settlement offer presented by the other side.
Recovering compensation can help make you whole again and can help put this unfortunate event behind you. If you have questions about pursuing a Utah dental malpractice case, contact the lawyers at Morgan & Morgan today for more information.
If Utah dental malpractice has changed your health or left you suffering the consequences, you need a legal team committed to doing what is best for you. Contact Morgan & Morgan today for a free, no-obligation case evaluation to get started.