Lawsuit Settlements for Damaged Teeth

What Are Some Examples of Lawsuit Settlements for Damaged Teeth?

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What Are Some Examples of Lawsuit Settlements for Damaged Teeth?

While not normally life-threatening, dental injuries can severely impact an individual’s appearance, speech, and ability to chew food. Moreover, a severe dental injury typically requires several dental visits that could be painful and expensive.  

If your teeth were damaged due to a third party’s negligent or deliberate conduct, you should not have to carry the financial burden alone. You could have a personal injury claim and seek compensation for your expenses and other losses. 

Lawsuit settlements for damaged teeth can be considerable, depending on the victim’s expenses, income loss, and suffering. Our experienced personal injury attorneys can assess your dental injury claim, determine whether you have a case, and pursue compensation. Get started and discover your options today by contacting us for a free consultation.

Common Tooth Injuries in Personal Injury Lawsuits 

Dental injuries in personal injury claims can occur due to an injury or trauma to the head and neck areas, such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), whiplash, and others. Common dental injuries lawsuits include injuries such as:

  • Fractured, cracked, or broken teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Loose teeth (tooth luxation)
  • Loss of one or several teeth
  • Nerve damage

Causes of Damaged Teeth

Damaging your teeth can happen in numerous circumstances, including a fall, car accident, assault, and others. However, if someone else is responsible for causing your accident or fall leading to tooth damage, you could be entitled to compensation. Some of the most common reasons for damaged teeth can include:

Medical Negligence

Going to the dentist is not an enjoyable experience for most people. However, a dentist visit can turn from something mildly unpleasant into a painful nightmare if the dentist makes a major mistake, such as pulling the wrong tooth. 

Like all other medical providers, dentists have a duty of care toward their patients. While most dentists treat their patients with the care, attention, and skill they deserve, some deliver substandard treatment causing avoidable dental injuries. In many dental negligence cases, patients experience a great deal of ongoing pain and discomfort. Examples of dental malpractice can include:

  • Extracting the wrong tooth.
  • Negligent restorations, such as fillings, bridges, crowns, and others.
  • Incorrect diagnosis or delayed diagnosis.
  • Careless cosmetic treatments such as whitening, veneers, implants, and others.
  • Failure to diagnose and treat cancer, cavities, or gum disease. 
  • Causing permanent nerve damage.
  • Chronic pain after dental treatment.
  • Anesthesia injury.

If you suffered a severe dental injury due to dental malpractice by a dentist, hygienist, or other dental health care professional, you could potentially sue for damages. However, you must prove that the dental care provider failed to provide the standard level of care in treating you, causing your injury.  

Car Accidents

According to a study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), dental injuries in adolescents are often caused by traffic accidents. Tooth damage can happen even in low-speed crashes, for example, when the head strikes a part of the vehicle or object. Drivers can be at a higher risk of suffering dental injuries than other car occupants.

Some of the objects and dangers in vehicles that could lead to tooth injury include:

  • The steering wheel
  • The dashboard
  • Airbags
  • Broken glass 
  • Objects flying around

If you suffered tooth damage in a vehicle accident, you could pursue compensation from the at-fault driver. A personal injury lawyer from Morgan & Morgan can determine whether you have a claim and move forward with legal action. 

Slip and Fall Accidents

Slips, trips, and falls can result in claims for damaged teeth. Facial and dental injuries after a severe fall are not only painful but may also require extensive treatment and a substantial financial investment to repair the damage. Common slip and fall accidents with dental injuries include: 

  • Slipping on a wet, icy, or dirty floor. 
  • Falling down a flight of stairs due to missing handrails or inadequate lighting.
  • Tripping on bulging carpets, broken floorboards, or cracked sidewalks. 

If a property owner fails to maintain their premises and remove hazardous conditions, you could have a claim and seek compensation for your dental and other injuries. 

Work Accidents

Work-related tooth damage can occur in many ways, such as due to a slip and fall, an accident with a work vehicle, or even an assault at work. If your teeth are knocked out or damaged in a work accident, you could potentially file a workers’ compensation claim. However, the burden of proving that the dental injury is work-related will be on you. An attorney from our firm can help you prove your damaged teeth occurred at work.

Compensation You Could Receive for Damaged Teeth

While there is no average settlement for dental injuries, you could receive the following and other damages: 

  • Cost of dental treatment 
  • Estimated future cost of dental care
  • Lost wages while recovering and at dental appointments
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Disfigurement

Dental damage settlements can be higher for younger individuals due to the estimated restoration and replacement work expected over a lifetime. 

Examples of Lawsuit Settlements for Damaged Teeth 

Dental injuries can be expensive, particularly if they are life-changing or cause chronic pain and discomfort. Lawsuit settlement amounts reflect this financial and emotional burden on the injured person. Examples of recent lawsuit settlements for tooth injuries include:

  1. A woman in her 60s suffered a nerve injury during a tooth extraction. The dentist failed to remove all tooth fragments and injured the nerve due to drilling through the woman’s jaw bone. After the procedure, the woman suffered from chronic pain and numbness. She received $1 million in a dental malpractice lawsuit.  
  2. A man with several medical conditions underwent a root canal treatment. The dentist administered several different types of sedative medications during the hours-long procedure, including morphine. As a result of receiving the medications, the patient later died. The case settled for over $1 million. 
  3. A 75-year-old woman slipped and fell while shopping in Target, breaking two teeth and sustaining additional injuries. She was awarded $44,000 for her injuries.
  4. After root canal treatment, a woman in her 50s was left with a broken-off dental instrument fragment in her jaw. Her treating endodontist did not inform her of the blunder, and she suffered months of pain, infection, and inflammation before another dentist removed the fragment. The case settled for $1 million.
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  • How Much Is My Dental Injury Case Worth?

    While a lawsuit cannot undo the dental injury, you have the right to seek financial compensation for your injury, expenses, and suffering. Since every case is unique, there is no average settlement amount in a dental injury lawsuit. How much your dental injury claim could be worth will depend on several factors, such as the cost of dental treatment, loss of wages, and the severity of your injury. 
     

  • Is There a Time Limit for Filing a Dental Injury Case?

    Determining the time limit for filing a dental injury case can be complicated. Your deadline will depend on the type of case you have and the state you live in. For example, the statute of limitations for medical malpractice cases can differ from that for slip and fall claims. Moreover, in some states, such as Maine and North Dakota, you have up to six years to file a personal injury claim. In others, such as Kentucky and Louisiana, you may only have one short year to file a suit and pursue compensation. Most states fall between these extremes and allow victims to file suit within two or three years. 

    After sustaining a dental injury, your best step can be to speak to a personal injury attorney in your state and determine the best timing for filing a claim.
     

  • Could I Receive Compensation Even if I Am Partially at Fault for the Accident?

    While state laws can differ, you can generally claim compensation for a dental injury even if you were partially to blame for a slip and fall or car accident causing your injury. However, the settlement amount you can recover will typically be reduced by your degree of fault for the incident. For example, if you are 30 percent to blame for a car crash, you could normally only claim 70 percent of your dental injury damages. 

    If you have some fault for an accident or responsibility is disputed, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights. Our attorneys can ensure that you are fairly treated and assigned the appropriate degree of fault.  

  • How Do I File a Workers’ Comp Claim for a Dental Injury?

    Filing a workers' comp claim varies from one state to another. However, in most states, you must report the injury to an employer or supervisor as soon as possible. You will also have to fill in a claim form and visit a workers’ comp dentist for an independent exam. If your workers’ comp claim is successful, you will receive medical benefits for dental treatments and wage benefits for the time you missed work due to your dental injury. If your claim is denied, you can appeal against the decision. 

    The deadlines for filing a claim and appealing against a denial can be short, depending on where you live. Missing a deadline can result in having your benefits denied. Therefore, consider speaking to a workers’ compensation lawyer from Morgan & Morgan. We know the laws and regulations in your state and can help you with filing a claim or appealing against a denial.  

  • How Long Will My Tooth Injury Case Take?

    How long your case will take can depend on the type of case you are pursuing and the willingness of you and the responsible party to agree on a settlement. Generally, the fastest way to resolve a claim is with an out-of-court settlement from the at-fault party’s insurer. However, insurance companies may deny or minimize your claim, leaving you with no choice but to file a lawsuit for getting what you deserve. 

    There can also be differences between types of lawsuits. For example, dental malpractice lawsuits are notoriously complex, usually involving expert witness testimony and considerable evidence. Dental malpractice cases could take months or even years to resolve. Personal injury lawsuits may conclude quicker. However, patience can pay off. Settling too soon could mean leaving money on the table and accepting less than what you are owed.

  • How Can Morgan & Morgan Help Me File a Damaged Teeth Lawsuit?

    Our determined personal injury attorneys have helped injured victims receive what they deserve for more than 35 years. Morgan & Morgan recovered over $20 billion in damages for people like you, who were injured due to no fault of their own. We can handle your dental injury case from beginning to end while you are recovering. You only pay if we win. Our attorneys can: 

    • Determine whether you have a legal case 
    • Walk you through your legal options and the best course of action
    • Identify all responsible parties in your dental injury claim 
    • Liaise with your dentist to obtain records and estimate future treatment expenses 
    • Gather the evidence to build your case against the responsible party
    • Engage expert witnesses to testify on your behalf
    • Negotiating a settlement with the at-fault party or their insurer
    • Presenting your dental injury case strongly at trial 

    Our dedicated attorneys can leave no stone unturned in fighting for the compensation you deserve when you suffer a severe dental injury. 

  • Morgan & Morgan Is Here for You

    We have seen firsthand how devastating a severe dental injury can be and how it can impact victims’ lives. Losing teeth can lead to disfigurement and confidence issues, while a botched treatment could lead to months of pain and discomfort. However, if someone else causes your dental injury, they should make you whole again. You could be entitled to a lawsuit settlement for damaged teeth.

    You don’t have to go it alone. Our experienced and compassionate personal injury attorneys can fight for the compensation you need to pay for your dental treatments and other losses. Working with us is free unless and until you win. Contact Morgan & Morgan today to determine whether you qualify for compensation.

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