A dental negligence claim occurs when a medical practitioner working in the dental sector, causes harm to a patient through a mishap or mistake.
This can be the dentist themselves, or any of the nursing and care staff that are involved in the overall dental care process.
What steps should the dentist have taken in treating the patient? How did those steps cause or contribute to the patient's harm?
Finally, it is important to consider the seriousness of the “injury” before filing a lawsuit.
If the case does not settle out of court (the majority of cases do end up settling), and is not dismissed by the court, then it will proceed to trial.
Some of the more common scenarios of dental malpractice include: One of the most important defenses in a dental malpractice case is proper documentation.
Again, in most cases, these mistakes are trivial, and no lasting harm is done.
But in a handful of cases each year in the UK, a dental practitioner or other medical staff working in the dental sector, makes a mistake that leads to the harm of their patient.
If the injury is minor (such as temporary pain and discomfort), then, even if it caused by malpractice, it may not be worth the time and expense of a lawsuit.
In some states, it may be necessary to obtain an affidavit from a health care practitioner saying that the lawsuit has merit the lawsuit can be filed.