As with other professional malpractice cases, the main objectives in negligent dentistry litigation are to establish and quantify the fact of injury to the plaintiff, and to prove that the injury was the result of a departure from a recognized standard of care on the part of the defendant dentist or oral surgeon.
We have all been to the dentist, hopefully most of us at least twice a year. When we visit the dentist, we not only want to feel safe, we want to rest assured that our dentist is providing us with the highest quality care available. Whether we are being seen for a routine cleaning, having our wisdom teeth pulled, getting a filling, crown, or root canal, having implants or bridges placed, or are undergoing a complicated oral surgery, we trust and rely on the dental professional.
Unfortunately, dental malpractice occurs more often than most realize, and frequently include claims such as: failure to diagnose cancer of the mouth, periodontal disease or other conditions, surgical errors, nerve injuries, tongue injury, jaw injury, lip injury, root canal and bridge work negligence, implant planning and placement negligence, negligent wisdom tooth removals, and negligent crown placements. Regardless of the type of dental work you have had performed, if the dentist failed to adhere to the applicable standard of care, and you were injured as a result, you need to speak to an attorney.
Because your dental chart plays such an important role in your dental malpractice case, it is important as soon as you suspect you are the victim of malpractice, you request a complete copy of your dental records. You are entitled to obtain a complete copy of your records at any time, for any reason, and you need not even say why you are requesting your records. The most common basis for requesting records is to simply say they are needed for a second opinion.