Many of us associate pain with a dentist visit and, while that is not always true, there is a level of pain or discomfort you can expect when you undergo certain dental procedures. If those procedures result in serious pain and/or lasting injury, however, you may be the victim of dental malpractice.
Dental malpractice is negligent, incorrect or inadequate actions performed by a dentist or oral surgeon resulting in serious consequences for the patient. Malpractice injuries can be the result of something the dental professional either has done or has failed to do – improper use of equipment, wrongful extractions, failure to diagnosis a disease or condition, not considering relevant medical history before treatment. These actions or lack of can result in a variety of injuries including, but not limited to: nerve damage resulting in the loss of the sense of taste, permanent numbness of the tongue or other area of the mouth; complications from improperly fitted bridges and crowns; infections; disfigurement. In addition to the pain associated with these injuries, a victim of dental malpractice may also suffer loss of work due to the injuries, resulting in monetary hardships.
Dental Malpractice is Not Always Easy to Identify
Each state has its own guidelines for what constitutes dental malpractice but, generally speaking, the act has to result in more than just short-term pain or discomfort. To file a successful dental malpractice claim, you need the help of an experienced dental malpractice lawyer. Victor Rotolo is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. Anthony Kearns, Victor Rotolo, and the other attorneys at Kearns Rotolo Law are well-versed in the malpractice laws specific to the State of New Jersey. They will listen to your experiences and help evaluate your case. They stand ready to defend your case in court.
Sometimes an act of malpractice is immediately noticeable, as in when a dental professional improperly uses equipment resulting in injuries to your gums, teeth or mouth. Other negligent acts can result in injuries not immediately identifiable, such as infections, misalignments, nerve damage and, in some instances, even death. While malpractice issues should be addressed as soon as possible, some take time to clearly identify. Because they are knowledgeable about the specific laws of New Jersey, Kearns Rotolo Law attorneys will diligently investigate the circumstances of your injury to determine the validity of your case, taking into consideration New Jersey’s statute of limitations.