Dental Malpractice Attorney Located in Santa Clarita FAQ
Helpful Answers from an Experienced California Dental Malpractice Lawyer and Dentist
When visiting your dentist — whether for a regular checkup or a complex procedure — you expect professional care and a thorough assessment of your oral health. Patients put a lot of trust in their dentists — and rightfully so. Your dentist is responsible for maintaining a standard of care and competency in their practice. If you were the victim of dental malpractice, you may be feeling unsure of how to proceed. Rest assured: I can help you through this tough time. Read on for answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about dental malpractice.
What is Dental Malpractice?
Not all situations are grounds for a malpractice lawsuit, but if your dentist causes you otherwise preventable harm and deviates from the acceptable standards of care, you may have a case. Examples of dental malpractice include botched procedures (such as root canals and tooth extractions), defective or faulty bridge and crown installation, failure to diagnose or treat a condition, and improper anesthesia administration. Consulting with an attorney can give you a better idea of whether or not your situation constitutes dental malpractice and if your case is worth pursuing in a malpractice lawsuit.
My Dentist Denies Responsibility for my Dental Problem. What Should I Do?
Do not let your dentist avoid being held accountable for a problem they caused. If poor dental work is truly to blame for your condition, you deserve compensation for your pain, suffering, lost wages, and any related medical expenses. Remember that an attorney is just a phone call away — I offer free consultations so that you can discuss your case with me. Because I am also an experienced dentist, I am able to easily understand your dental problem and help you decide if legal action is justified and appropriate.
Why Should I File a Dental Malpractice Lawsuit?
Problems caused by a dentist’s negligence or mistakes can be more serious than you may imagine. You may rack up related medical bills, miss significant amounts of time at work, and suffer severe pain. All of these financial, physical, and emotional burdens can be covered by compensation at the end of a successful case.
Does my Dental Malpractice Case Stand a Chance?
Some lawyers may tell you that dental malpractice cases are rarely successful — but that is not true. Though dental malpractice cases are more nuanced than a general medical malpractice case, they are still worth pursuing with a competent attorney. I am a dentist myself, so I am uniquely positioned to serve the victims of this kind of negligence. My specialized background and experience help me devise effective legal strategies specifically for dental malpractice cases.
How Do You File a Dental Malpractice Lawsuit in California?
Your first step in filing a dental malpractice lawsuit should be to contact an experienced dental malpractice attorney. They will know how to best collect evidence, file your suit, and defend you if the dentist doesn’t take responsibility for your injury.
Am I Still Able to Pursue a Lawsuit if I Signed a Consent Form?
Potentially. Pre-procedure consent forms still hold dentists and doctors accountable for negligence. Depending on the circumstances of your situation, your dentist may still be liable for your condition. During a free consultation, I can review your case and help you explore your options.
What's the Statue of Limitations for Dental Malpractice in California?
You should contact a competent dental malpractice attorney as soon as you discover you have been injured or harmed by your dentist. The statute of limitations for dental malpractice actions based on negligence is three years after the date of injury or one year after the plaintiff discovers the injury — whichever comes first. So, in most cases, you only have one year to file a lawsuit in a dental malpractice case.