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Pittsburgh Dental Malpractice Attorneys
If you or a loved one has suffered a life-changing injury while under the care of a dentist, we would like to hear your story. We will take the time to help you understand whether your injury was avoidable, and if so, whether further investigation into a dental malpractice lawsuit is warranted.
Dental Malpractice FAQ
Dental malpractice can lead to a variety of unfortunate outcomes for patients. At one end of the spectrum, a dental procedure may result in severe pain or discomfort that doesn’t go away. People rightly feel betrayed after paying a fortune for dental work that leaves them unable to chew food or with a poor cosmetic result. However, such dental mishaps rarely result in harm severe enough to justify the time and costs of filing a dental malpractice lawsuit.
If a dental injury can be repaired with additional dental work or oral surgery, it probably doesn’t rise to the level of a case. On the other hand, dental errors which leave patients with severe and permanent injuries may justify further investigation by our law firm. A victim of dental malpractice may be entitled to recover compensation for damages such as future dental or medical expenses, the inability to work, pain, mental distress, and disfigurement. Examples of injuries which could give rise to a dental malpractice lawsuit include:
- Injury to the face, eyes, or mouth from chemical burns
- Laceration injuries from mechanical dental instruments, such as drills
- Injuries from the failure to protect patients from swallowing foreign objects with dental dams or other protective devices
- Trigeminal nerve injury due to improper technique for removal of third molars
In rare yet tragic circumstances, dentists may miss an opportunity to diagnose potentially life-threatening infections or oral cancer. Or through lack of preparation and appropriate staff, dentists or oral surgeons may fail to rescue a patient from an emergency which occurs during dental sedation. Lives are changed forever or cut short. Lupetin & Unatin, LLC can help patients or their families recover damages when dental professionals violate their duty to protect patients from potentially life-threatening conditions and serious harm results.
Ludwig’s angina is an infection starts in a tooth and often involves the tongue and tissues inside the mouth. Dentists are often the first line of defense for catching and treating these infections before they develop into a medical emergency. Dentists need to assure patients with signs or symptoms of Ludwig’s angina receive appropriate antibiotics to treat the infection.
Oral cancer is a growing health care concern and should be top of mind for every dental professional. A sudden diagnosis of advanced oral cancer in any patient who regularly visits their dentist should raise concern the dentist failed to do a proper oral cancer screening. Delays in diagnosis of oral cancer can have serious consequences and may justify investigation into a dental malpractice lawsuit.
The standard of care for a dentist or endodontist performing a root canal is to use a dental dam. The American Association of Endodontists has mandated that the use of a dental dam during root canal therapy is the standard of care. This means that if a dentist or endodontist does not use a dental dam during your root canal procedure they are negligent and in violation of the standard of care.