When a person is receiving treatment from their dentist, they will expect the healthcare provider to follow the best practices when it comes to treating their particular needs. Unfortunately, there are dentists that may be negligent during the course of providing treatment, and this can lead to individuals needing to file a dental malpractice lawsuit.
Myth: Malpractice Must Always Involve Potential Death To Be Pursuable
There can be the assumption that a malpractice case is only worth pursuing if it involves a situation that could potentially be lethal for the victim. However, there are many instances where a patient suffers a less-than-lethal complication from malpractice. For example, a person that is undergoing a routine procedure may find it extremely distressing and painful if they suffer extensive tooth damage, such as cracks or breaks, due to the dentist being careless while providing care. Additionally, failing to provide adequate care following dental surgery can lead to secondary infections that may be extremely dangerous and expensive to treat.
Myth: The Subjective Nature Of Dental Care Can Make Proving Malpractice Almost Impossible
As with most other medical treatments, there will be a high degree of subjectivity when it comes to the work that a dentist is doing for their patients. However, you should avoid assuming that this will lead to the patient having no option to prove their case. This is due to the availability of medical expert witnesses that will be able to review the care that you received and answer questions as to whether this care met industry standards. If the dentist strayed from the expected treatment, these professionals will be able to clearly identify these unusual behaviors so that you can incorporate this line of questions to ascertain the extent of the malpractice that occurred.
Myth: It Is Not Possible To Overcome The Legal Teams That Malpractice Insurance Can Field
Concerns about overcoming the legal defense teams that malpractice insurance companies may be able to field can be enough to cause some individuals to want to avoid pursuing this case. However, malpractice lawsuits can often be fairly straightforward as the questions at stake will largely revolve around whether you suffered damages due to inferior care and the specific actions that the dentist took when providing care. There can be many instances where an insurance carrier may decide to opt for a quick and favorable settlement rather than risking taking the case through a jury trial.
To learn more, contact a dental malpractice lawyer.