Dental procedures are supposed to be safe and, for the most part, pain-free. Yet this was certainly not the case for one local man. The man visited the dentist, and it was determined that he required a tooth extraction. The extraction apparently went awry, causing the man severe pain and injury. The man filed a lawsuit in Cook County, seeking damages of more than $50,000 in addition to legal costs.
Dentists Must Provide Proper Care
Dentists, like medical doctors, are held to a high standard of care. They are required to provide proper care because of their extensive training, education, and experience. For this reason, when a medical professional makes a mistake, it could be considered negligence. In this case, the patient was treated by the dentist and other staff members. The court documents indicate that the dentist did not properly train the staff and as a result, the man suffered serious harm because of a failed tooth extraction.
Serious Dental Complication
While most dental procedures go as planned, sometimes there are complications. In this instance, the complication occurred because of a mistake. During the dental extraction, the man sustained injuries when his lingual nerve was hit. Lingua nerve injury causes numbness in the floor of the mouth and tongue, usually on one side. There is usually a very painful throbbing and aching associated with this type of injury. The pain and numbness may persist for an extended period of time. It may require treatment and medication and the injury could continue without improvement.
Medical malpractice occurs when the doctor or dentist does something negligent. This could be making the wrong diagnosis, providing improper treatment, failing to diagnose or treat, or making an error during surgery. A tooth extraction is a type of dental surgery, which may be done under either local or general anesthetic. When a surgical procedure is done, such as the removal of a tooth, proper care must be taken to ensure that the patient is not harmed or injured. The man in this case suffered severe pain and permanent damage, according to the lawsuit.
What to Do If You Suffered Harm
If you or a family member were hurt as the result of medical or dental malpractice, you may be entitled to compensation. First, it must be determined if the situation rises to the level of malpractice. Generally, the person must have been seriously hurt or have an injury that requires medical treatment. As in this case, the injuries may be permanent and could cause you to lose time at work. In some instances, the injury may be so bad that the person may no longer be able to return to work. These issues are all taken into consideration when filing a lawsuit.
Those who were injured due to malpractice may receive payment for medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life, among other things. If you were hurt due to dental malpractice, call the experienced lawyers at Levin & Perconti for a free initial consultation.
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