Dental Malpractice FAQ
The majority of dentists who practice in Seattle, Kirkland, Bellingham, and Olympia are wonderful people who never make a mistake while performing dentistry. On occasion, however, the dentist will make a mistake and cause damage to people.
The form of this damage varies a lot from person to person and case to case. It could be a severed lingual nerve or a root canal that went very wrong. You may be eligible to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars or a few thousand dollars. If you have questions about your claim, feel free to call us for a free consultation to discuss your case.
Question: Can I sue a dentist?
Answer: Yes, you have the right to do this. You have to prove that the dentist’s care fell beneath the standard of care for a dentist in the community you reside.
Question: I am number after a procedure. Will the feeling come back?
Answer: If you are number after a dental procedure, you may or may not be able to have the feeling return. In particular, if you have a lingual nerve injury, which often happens when a drill slips or when an injection to numb you has been misplaced, you may not recover from this.
Question: Should I notify the board about what my dentist did to me?
Answer: You can notify health and licensing officials if you choose, but it will not have an outcome on your case.
Question: How long do I have to file a claim against my dentist?
Answer: You have three years from the date of your injury to file a lawsuit in court.
Question: Do I need an expert to win my case?
Answer: Yes, you need to have a dentist who can make a report on the negligence that was or was not committed by your dentist or the professional who performed dental work on you. So if an oral surgeon was the reason you were harmed, then you need to have an oral surgeon write a report who has reviewed your records and determined that negligence occurred.
Question: I have been told I have a lingual nerve injury. What is this?
Answer: A lingual nerve is a nerve that runs along the base of your mouth. It can often be severed completely or impaired during a dental procedure. You will know if you have suffered such an injury because you will experience a flash of very intense pain. Most of the time this pain will subside and feeling will return eventually. However, there are cases when the numbness will remain permanent or when you will feel pain forever.
Question: Do I need an expert for my dental case?
Answer: Yes, this is not an option. In order to make a claim against a dentist, or someone in this industry, you have to have an expert who does identical or similar work make a report that lays out his opinions or her opinions and clearly states how the injury occurred, that the care rendered breached the normal and accepted standard in the community in which you live, and that your damages or injury is related to the breach.