As in cases of medical malpractice, a dentist is under a duty to provide you with dental care that is of a certain standard.
Any diagnostic, planning or treatment decisions must be within the generally approved practices applicable to the condition requiring care. In response to the symptom a dentist must not take steps that are outside the normal range of possible treatments in your case and they must not take undue risk in responding to your condition.
Considering the standard of care expected in this field and the expense of dental services, it’s not unreasonable to put your faith in the expertise and hands of a trusted medical professional.
Types of dental injuries
Dental complications can be particularly severe in cases of negligent extractions potentially involving severed lingual nerves, sinus perforations or even fractured mandibles. Less severe but no less unpleasant complications may include improperly fitted crowns or bridges resulting in unnecessary remedial steps to fix excessive gaps or poor occlusion.
Where complex endodontic treatment is undertaken, there is a duty upon the dentist to undertake an appropriate assessment of the area in question. This will likely include X-rays of the affected area and will be followed by treatment planning that is properly tailored to the patient taking into account their medical history. A dentist must not take negligent actions that cause avoidable complications for the patient. Where it can be shown that the standard of dental care has been negligent with respect to inspection, planning or treatment the dentist may be held liable for those complications and the pain and suffering caused as a result. Given the high cost of dental work in Ireland it’s only proper that patients insist on being treated with the highest quality care.
Orthodontic treatment is increasingly common these days and requires the same high degree of care with respect to patient evaluation and treatment planning. The treatment itself is performed over a number of months or years and usually involves the fitment of semi-permanent orthodontic appliances onto the front or back of the teeth. While some pain is common with orthodontic treatment it’s not acceptable that you be injured in the process. Negligence can arise in any of the stages of treatment and the orthodontist will be under a duty not to expose their patient to undue risk. Where the appliances fail or cause complications to the patient, there may be a question of product liability on the part of the manufacturer where it can be shown that they are defective.
Dental Injury Lawyers Dublin, Ireland
Trips to the dentist are unpleasant and expensive enough for many of us and you’re entitled to treatment that doesn’t expose you to any more work than is necessary.
Sherwin O’Riordan can assess the quality of your treatment and discuss your legal options with you.