Kingston Dental Malpractice Lawyers
Dental care is critical to overall health. Like any medical professional, dentists have a professional duty to offer attentive, well-informed care to their patients. When dentists fail to perform these duties with the necessary knowledge, care, and attention they require, patients can suffer painful and debilitating consequences.
Damages may be available after a dental mistake
Just like any victim of a medical mistake, victims of dental malpractice may have a right to money damages after a dentist’s error causes them to suffer pain or need reparative surgery. The knowledgeable, experienced, and trial-ready Hudson Valley dental malpractice attorneys at Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello can help dental mistake victims recover the compensation they’re owed through a malpractice lawsuit. Our seasoned malpractice lawyers will investigate dentist error claims thoroughly and implement our technical and legal knowledge to build a claim for the money you deserve after a painful injury. Contact our Kingston offices today for a consultation on your malpractice case.
Dentists owe a duty of care to patients
The State of New York has strict licensing and practice requirements in place designed to ensure that patients receive the best care possible. Dentists must complete a doctoral degree and clinical training program in a teaching hospital or dental facility and pass a written board examination before they are permitted to practice. When treating a patient, a dentist owes that patient a duty of care to use the same skill, care and diligence that would be expected of a reasonable dentist under the same or similar circumstances. When a dentist fails to examine patient records carefully, forgets a key step in a procedure, fails to adequately supervise an assistant or hygienist, or otherwise falls short in carrying out their responsibilities, they can be held liable for injuries they cause patients through their mistakes.
What are some examples of dental malpractice?
Dental care requires great skill and attention to perform correctly. When dentists are inattentive, sloppy, or lack critical professional knowledge, their patients may suffer from injuries that can leave them with long-term pain and discomfort, or even unable to eat or speak. Dental malpractice claims may be filed for:
- Unnecessary tooth removal, or removal of the wrong teeth
- Damage to gums or other soft tissue during surgery
- Nerve damage to the jaw or lips
- Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis of oral diseases or cancer
- Injuries caused during root canal procedures
- Damage to tongue resulting in loss of ability to taste
- Infection from poorly-sterilized surgical tools
- Dangerous drug interactions
- Physical deformities caused by surgery
- Anesthesia errors, such as an excessive amount of sedative or a failure to monitor vital signs
- Permanent paralysis to facial muscles
Help is Available for Dental Malpractice Claims in the Hudson Valley
If you or someone you love has been injured by a New York dentist’s mistake or malpractice, contact the dedicated and knowledgeable Hudson Valley dental malpractice lawyers at Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello for a free consultation, in Marlboro at 845-236-4411, or in Kingston at 845-331-4100.