Dental Malpractice in South Carolina
Regular dental cleanings and checkups are vital to ensure and maintain good oral health but when a dentist or oral surgeon neglects to provide you or a loved one with the proper level of care it can result in serious injuries or even death, leaving the victim or the family members in distress and dealing with the aftermath. When these tragedies happen, The Bill Connor Law Firm is here to help you and your loved ones make sure that the liable people answer for their wrongful treatment and that you are compensated for your mistreatment.
Dental malpractice in South carolina is a serious issue that everyone has to look out for, just as you would a medical malpractice. Your well being is the most important thing, and you should be treated as such. Dental malpractice is medical malpractice for injuries resulting from negligent dental work or failure to diagnose and treat a harmful condition. Also, delayed diagnosis or treatment of oral disease or any intentional wrongdoing on the part of the dentist or staff.
To file a dental malpractice claim in South Carolina, one must be able to show that the dentist either unintentionally failed to give an acceptable level of care that any other dental hygienist would have given, or that they have deliberately committed an act that no sensible oral health care provider would have done if they were in the same position.
Also, your oral health provider or dentist should not provide any further services to you without your consent. All treatment that is administered must not surpass the consent that you have given to your dentist. If your oral care provider treatment exceeds your permission, you may have grounds for a dental malpractice lawsuit.
It is important to note that dental work cannot be guaranteed; therefore, you can not merely sue just because you did not receive the results you wanted. Dental malpractice suits may be brought against the practitioner only if they have failed to uphold the acceptable standard of care, or if they have provided treatment that was against your consent or if they failed to ask your consent. You must be able to prove that the dentist's negligence caused your harm or injury. There have even been cases where an oral hygienist intentionally harmed a patient, but more commonly the injury is unintentional, but nonetheless caused by dental negligence.
Dental malpractice is very serious and people can have temporary or even permanent injuries to their teeth, lips, tongue, jaw, and chin and can experience Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. TMJ symptoms can include pain in the jaw, and a severe loss of function of the jaw, making it hard to speak or eat. Also, dental hygienists must be careful during simple tooth extraction surgeries, there have been cases of improper administration of anesthesia that resulted in death. Dental patients can also suffer from wrongful death due to the failure to diagnose or treat oral cancer, gum disease, and other diseases or oral conditions.
Patients may even sustain injuries or infections to their teeth, gums or jaw bone due to faulty root canals, crowns and also bridge prostheses. They can also have severe injuries from unlicensed dentists that are operating their business illegally though this is uncommon.
If you feel that you or a loved one have been a victim of dental malpractice, it is vital that you speak with a qualified attorney. They will know what types of conduct would be viewed as dental malpractice and answer any questions you may have.
If you believe you have been a victim of Dental Malpractice, call Attorney Bill Connor at The Bill Connor Law Firm in Orangeburg South Carolina Today.