What Is Dental Malpractice?

Dental Malpractice Lawyer Salt Lake

If you have been harmed by your dentist, either due to your dentist’s actions or perhaps his or her inactions, you may be wondering if you have grounds for legal action. If it turns out that the harm you have suffered meets the criteria for so-called dental malpractice, you almost certainly have grounds to file legal action.

What exactly is dental malpractice? In a nutshell, it means that your dentist failed to uphold the duty of care he or she owed you as a patient. That duty of care is defined by law. But it is important to note from the start that the law is nuanced and complex. Exceptions sometimes apply to generally understood rules. As a result, it is important to speak with an attorney experienced in dental malpractice cases before making assumptions about your situation. Before you commit to filing legal action (or decide to forgo legal action), please explain your situation to an attorney in order to receive relevant guidance and support. At that time, you can make an informed decision about your situation moving forward.

Understanding Dental Malpractice

Dental professionals (dentists, orthodontists, etc.) owe a legal duty of care to their patients. If other dental professionals of similar skill, education and specialty would not consider the care provided to a patient to be reasonable and adequate, then the care provided (or not provided) is likely to be considered dental malpractice by a court of law. When a dentist fails in his or her duty of care and harm results, the patient who suffered harm can likely hold that dentist accountable through a malpractice suit with the aid of an experienced attorney.

Depending on the circumstances, any number of failures on the part of a dentist can rise to the level of malpractice. For example, failure to diagnose a harmful condition may be considered malpractice if a patient is harmed by the lack of information. Failure to treat infections and other complications may also be considered malpractice. Lack of informed consent on the part of a patient, failure to refer a patient to a necessary specialist and anesthesia administration challenges may also provide grounds for legal action when these challenges result in harm. Other missteps may be considered malpractice as well, so please ask your attorney any questions you may have if your situation does not fall under one of these common scenarios.

Legal Guidance Is Available

If you have questions about dental malpractice, please do not hesitate to connect with an attorney experienced in this nuanced and highly-specialized area of law. The American legal system seeks to protect patients from unreasonable harm. But it is not easy to seek justice alone. Having an experienced dental malpractice lawyer in Salt Lake from Rasmussen & Miner on your side can help to ensure that you receive any compensation you may be entitled to and that your action helps to protect patients just like you in the future. Please consider calling a law firm today so that they can learn more about your unique situation and can help you explore your legal options.