Dentist malpractice, or dental malpractice, occurs when a dentist fails to follow the rules of professional liability that apply to dentists. For instance, dentists must be certified in order to practice, and they must also follow strict codes regarding hygiene, safety, and accuracy when treating a patient. Dental malpractice can result in serious injury and/or financial loss to a client, especially if the injury creates an ongoing condition over a long period of time.
What Are Some Examples of Dentist Malpractice?
Common examples of dental malpractice include:
- Failing to obtain a patient’s consent before performing certain procedures
- Failing to inform a patient of the risks and consequences of procedures
- Operating on the wrong person
- Performing the wrong procedure on a patient
- Mishandling equipment
- Being intoxicated while on the job
- Engaging in fraudulent or deceptive business practices
Professional malpractice is a serious violation and can result in legal consequences such as a monetary damages award, and/or a loss or suspension of one’s dentistry license.
Who Can Be Held Liable for Dentist Malpractice?
Generally speaking, dental malpractice usually applies to the actions of certified dentists. However, a malpractice claim can sometimes involve other related parties, such as clerks, receptionists, and even insurance parties. This all depends on the chain of events that led to the plaintiff’s injuries. For instance, if a file clerk knowingly mishandled the plaintiff’s files, they may be held jointly liable for an injury.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with Dentist Malpractice Claims?
Filing a claim for dental malpractice can involve many complex steps. You may wish to hire a personal injury lawyer if you need help filing a claim or recovering damages. Your attorney can provide you with legal representation and can assist you during the process. Also, your lawyer will be able to provide you with legal advice on any questions or concerns that you may have in connection with a lawsuit.