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What Are the Most Common Types of Dental Malpractice?

Some forms of dental malpractice may include:

  • Allowing or causing a patient to ingest a dental tool or another foreign object
  • Causing a dental tool to break inside a patient’s mouth, which might lead to the object being ingested or lodged in a dangerous position
  • Failing to diagnose dental conditions
  • Misdiagnosing dental conditions
  • Taking actions that cause an infection or failing to take actions that could prevent an infection
  • Violating accepted standards of care in the dentistry field

These are just a few reasons why you or a loved one might choose to bring a dental malpractice lawsuit. The extent to which you can prove one or more of these errors occurred may determine whether you can recover compensation for your losses.

A Dental Error Could Diminish Your Quality of Life

Depending on the nature and extent of the dental error, your life may be negatively impacted in multiple ways. The potential harm that may come to a dental malpractice victim includes:

  • The financial harm that may come from not receiving the proper level of dental care or having to repair any damage caused by a dental error
  • The physical harm that may come from a dental error, which may include pain and an inability to use certain parts of your mouth as you normally would
  • The mental anguish that you may endure because of symptoms of dental negligence
  • Income that you might lose if you are unable to work or must change the capacity in which you are able to work because of dental negligence
  • Pain and suffering that might arise because of a dental error

A lawyer may bring to your attention how your dental incident may have harmed you negatively, even if you were previously unaware of such harm or did not realize that you could collect compensation for such damage.

A Lawyer May Be Able to Seek Compensation for the Harm You Have Sustained

Hiring a lawyer may be one step toward seeking justice for yourself or a loved one. A member of our team may be able to:

  • Listen to your account of events
  • Document how you have been harmed
  • Identify likely or possible parties to be named in your lawsuit
  • Explain your options for seeking compensation
  • Offer legal services

Should you choose to accept legal assistance, your legal team may be able to:

  • Compile all evidence relating to your case by sending out professional investigators to help obtain proof that you were harmed due to negligence
  • Obtain documentation of any injuries and damages that resulted from a dental professional’s actions or failures
  • Make you aware of important deadlines that could impact your case, such as the Tennessee Code § 29-26-116, which states that you generally have one year from the date of your incident to bring a medical malpractice lawsuit
  • File your lawsuit in the proper court
  • Make all necessary appearances as your legal representative
  • Calculate the compensation that you may be entitled to collect and document the steps to reach that calculation
  • Negotiate a settlement or take your case to trial
  • Defend your rights

Dental negligence may leave you in great pain and diminish your ability to act independently. Having a lawyer try your lawsuit after experiencing dental malpractice may ease your stress and burden about moving forward with your case.

You May Be Able to Recover Compensation

Whether your lawsuit revolves around one of the most common types of dental malpractice or an unlikely accident, a lawyer may attempt to win compensation for the losses you have sustained.

If your lawyer is successful in their aims, you may be able to recover compensation for:

  • The cost of the original procedure
  • The cost of any operation required to repair the harm done by the negligent dentist
  • The value assigned to the pain and suffering you or your loved one endured because of dental malpractice
  • The value of the income you have lost due to dental malpractice
  • Any harm to your ability to earn an income due to dental malpractice
  • Any other loss related to negligent actions or failures

A lawyer may utilize their resources, including their time and effort, to secure compensation for your losses.

Call The Cochran Firm - Nashville Today

The team at The Cochran Firm - Nashville may be able to represent you against the parties who committed dental malpractice. Call The Cochran Firm - Nashville today at 615-678-6278 for a free consultation.

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