Charlotte Wrong Tooth Extraction Attorney
When you need to have a tooth extracted, we know that you just want it to be over with so you can be out of pain. However, do you know what to do if a dentist or oral surgeon extracts the wrong tooth?
We know that this scenario sounds like a nightmare, but it does happen. At Brown, Moore & Associates, PLLC, we will work to investigate your case so we can secure the compensation you need for all of your incident-related expenses. When you need a wrong tooth extraction attorney in Charlotte, call us today.
Does This Really Happen?
While it seems like something that should never happen, there are times when a dentist or oral surgeon extracts the wrong tooth from a patient’s mouth. Before we talk about what that means for a patient, we want to discuss what the risks are for a tooth extraction in the first place. Remember, this is surgery and all surgeries have risks.
Removing a tooth can lead to:
- Bleeding, pain, and swelling
- Improper teeth alignment
- Bite collapse
- Delayed healing due to medications
- Dry socket
- Nerve injury
- Maxillary sinus exposure
We bring up these complications to point out that patients who have the wrong tooth extracted will likely have to deal with these risks twice because they will still have to have the correct tooth removed.
How This Happens
The main causes of wrong-site extractions are poor communication among clinicians and errors during treatment.
When a patient undergoes surgery in the hospital, there are strict protocols in place to ensure that the correct part of a person’s body is being operated on. These protocols are usually carried over to dental practices and include:
- Patient assisted identification
- The use of checklists by dental staff
- Marking the surgical site
At all stages, the staff involved in the extraction need to check and recheck their information, including all charts and X-rays.
Patients who undergo a wrong tooth extraction could be saddled with added medical expenses and exasperated pain and suffering. If they are unable to work while recovering from a mistake, they will lose valuable income needed to support themselves and their families.
How Your Attorney Can Help
It seems like a simple thing – follow the charts, X-rays, and instructions to properly extract a tooth. Of course, dentistry and oral surgery are complicated, but extracting the wrong tooth should never happen. At Brown, Moore & Associates, PLLC, we are here to help if this has happened to you.
Our qualified and experienced team will investigate what happened so we can secure the compensation you deserve. This can include:
- Compensation for all medical expenses related to the error(s)
- Coverage for dental implants if necessary
- Coverage of lost income and benefits if you cannot work while recovering
- Pain and suffering damages
- Punitive damages against the dentist/oral surgeon responsible