Charlotte Dental Malpractice Attorney
When you think about medical mistakes happening that injure people, you probably think about hospitals or the doctor’s office. The last thing you expect when you go see your dentist is that they will do something to cause you harm.
However, at Brown, Moore & Associates, PLLC, we know that dentists make mistakes all the time and we are here to help. Our knowledgeable and experienced team will investigate your case so we can secure the compensation you deserve. If you need a Charlotte dental malpractice attorney, call us now.
What Can Happen Here?
Many people think that because most dental procedures are done in an outpatient setting, there are no risks involved. However, the Registered Dental Hygienist Magazine points out that “Medical errors leading to adverse events can occur in dentistry.”
When they say adverse events, they are talking about injuries to patients. Today, we want to discuss some of the mistakes that those in the dental profession make and how they can affect you. Please know that dental errors can lead to major unexpected medical expenses for patients.
Dentists and oral surgeons can make errors in some of the following ways:
- When prescribing medication, dentists have as much responsibility as any doctor. Medication errors are very common and have significant adverse effects on patients.
- During treatment, dentists and oral surgeons need to properly perform the procedures prescribed. There are times when the wrong teeth are extracted or unnecessary procedures are performed.
- Failing to maintain their equipment (probes retractors, mirrors, etc.) can lead to serious injuries.
- Failing to maintain proper medical records can lead to poor follow up care, unnecessary procedures, medication errors, and more.
- Not acquiring informed patient consent before a procedure, which includes letting a patient know the risks, can result in complications for a provider if a mistake is made.
- Not following proper infection control measures can lead to serious medical complications through a patient’s body.
- Failing to prescribe proper follow up care after an extensive dental procedure can lead to further patient injury and infection.
- Dentists use anesthesia regularly and they must give the proper dosages to avoid serious complications for their patients.
All dental providers need to follow the accepted standards of care for their profession. Failing to do so and failing to stay current on new procedures and medical recommendations can lead to severe patient harm.
Moving Forward From Here
Do not hesitate to seek legal assistance if you or a loved one have been injured due to the careless or negligent actions of a dentist or their staff. At Brown, Moore & Associates, PLLC, we will be your advocate, ensuring that you get the compensation you deserve. This can include:
- Compensation for all medical expenses related to the mistake, including repair or the affected areas
- Coverage of lost wages if you cannot work while you are recovering
- Pain and suffering damages
- Punitive damages against the dentist, oral surgeon, or facility responsible