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Get Fair Compensation for Dental Malpractice!

California Medical Malpractice Attorneys of Todd S. Osborne, Inc., A Professional Corporation offer their expertise in dental malpractice to people who have experienced significant injuries because of dental negligence.

When you receive dental care, you have the right to expect treatment with accepted standards of care. If, instead of getting better, you are made substantially worse or are seriously injured as a result of negligent dentist, it is reasonable to expect fair compensation for your losses.

Dental injuries can be a devastating and traumatic experience for individuals who have been hurt. These injuries may be either temporary or permanent, and the symptoms experienced vary, depending on the injury, and the extent of damage.

By meeting and discussing your dental malpractice matter with Todd S. Osborne, Inc., A Professional Corporation personally, you will be able to have a better understanding of your dental malpractice situation so you can decide how best to proceed.

If you have you have suffered an injury as a result of care from your dental care professional, dental malpractice lawyers of Todd S. Osborne, Inc., A Professional Corporation are ready and available to help you with your dental malpractice claim. Contact them today by calling toll free 866-499-8640 or by completing the attached online contact form.

What is dental malpractice?
The legal definition of dental malpractice varies from state to state. However, a general description of dental malpractice that is consistent from state to state would be described as medical malpractice for an injury due to negligent dental work, failure to diagnose or treat possible precarious oral conditions, delayed diagnosis or treatment of oral disease or other precarious oral conditions, as well as any malevolent or otherwise intentional misconduct on the dental professional's part. Generally speaking, in order for you to have a viable dental malpractice lawsuit claim, the dental care provider must have unintentionally or intentionally committed an act that no other reasonable prudent oral healthcare provider would have committed during the same time period, and that act must have caused significant injury.

In addition to having the duty to provide a certain acceptable standard of care, a dental care provider must also obtain your informed consent for any treatment you receive. The treatment provided also must not exceed the consent you've given because you do have the right to decide what treatment you receive. If the dental care provider does not obtain your informed consent or the treatment you receive exceeds the informed consent you gave, it may be grounds for you to bring a dental malpractice lawsuit. Keep in mind, though, that dentists cannot guarantee results, so a dental malpractice claim cannot be brought because the treatment you received wasn't successful or didn't meet your expectations.

A dental malpractice lawsuit can only be brought if the dental professional violates the acceptable standard of dental care and if you suffered an injury due the dental professional breaching that standard of care as a result of his or her incompetence, negligence or intentional misconduct. In some cases a dentist or dental professional may be found guilty of intentionally injuring or committing improper conduct (molesting a patient while he/she is under sedation) against a patient. In short, dentist's violation of the standard of care, whether it be unintentional or intentional must be the clear probable cause of the harm suffered by you. Contact a dental malpractice lawyer to find out if you have a dental malpractice lawsuit claim.

If you are a victim of any of these or other injuries or bad dental practices, you may be eligible for monetary compensation by pursing a dental malpractice lawsuit claim.

  • Permanent or temporary injuries to the nerves of the tongue, jaw, chin and lips, including lingual nerve injury (tongue) and inferior alveolar nerve damage (lips, chin and jaw);
  • Permanent or temporary numbness or loss of taste sensation;
  • Permanent or temporary structural injuries to the tongue, jaw, chin or lips;
  • Temporo Mandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders;
  • Wrongful death resulting from dental procedures or oral surgery;
  • Injuries or death caused by improper or negligent administration of anesthesia;
  • Failure to diagnose or treat oral cancer;
  • Failure to diagnose or treat periodontal (gum) disease;
  • Delayed or improper diagnosis of a disease or other oral condition;
  • Delayed or improper treatment or non-treatment of a disease or other oral condition;
  • Injuries associated with root canals using Sargenti Paste (N2);
  • Injuries or infection to teeth, gums or jaw bone resulting from faulty root canal, crown and bridge prostheses;
  • Injuries from improper treatment by unlicensed dentists;
  • Infection to teeth, gums or jaw due to improper use of dental products, devices or tools, including drills, dental lasers and silicone implants;
  • Infection to teeth, gums or jaw due to faulty dental products, devices or tools, including drills, dental lasers and silicone implants (dental products liability);
  • Injuries associated with extractions or needlessly extracted teeth;
  • Improper orthodontic procedures on adults and children;
  • Delay of diagnosis and/or treatment;
  • Improper diagnosis and/or treatment;
  • Failure to obtain informed consent;
  • Treatment exceeding the scope of informed consent; or
  • Dental or oral surgical procedure error resulting in injury or infection.

How long do I have to file my claim?
How long you have to file a dental malpractice lawsuit claim (statute of limitations) varies from state to state. If you do not bring legal action prior to the statute's expiration, your claim is barred and you cannot sue the dental care provider. If that's not enough, most states also have tort claim statutes. These statutes require formal notification of a public hospital or government-employed healthcare provider regarding your claim within a very short period of time after the suspected injury. You may have as little as 180 days to make this notification. That's why you need to contact a medical malpractice lawyer now! Don't let any time delays keep you from getting the compensation you may be entitled to. Contact a dental malpractice lawyer today for a free case evaluation.

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