Dental Malpractice Lingual Nerve Injury
If you have been to a dentist or oral surgeon in Seattle, Kirkland, Olympia, Bellingham, or across Washington State then you have likely had a mostly positive experience since most dentists and oral surgeons are very qualified and do great work. However, there are occasions when seeing a dentist or oral surgeon can result in very serious injuries.
One of the more common injuries that result from a botched wisdom tooth extraction or a root canal that is done improperly is that someone experiences lingual nerve damage. In some rare cases, the lingual nerve can even be severed in half.Lingual Nerve Injury Symptoms
Having your bottom wisdom teeth removed is the most common reason that someone will suffer a lingual nerve injury. Most of the time people will regain feeling and sensation, if they are lost, within a few weeks after the nerve is damaged. About 90% of lingual nerve injuries heal by themselves without any kind of medical treatment.
If the loss of feeling last longer than two months or so, then it may be that the injury is not going to go away and may last for the rest of someone’s life. If you have some different kind of change in taste or sensation to your chin, lower lip, tongue or lower part of the mouth, those are signs of a lingual nerve injury.
If you taste differently than you did before the injury, you may also have a lingual nerve injury. Speaking, tasting, talking, even drinking can all be altered by a lingual nerve injury. More signs of an inferior alveolar nerve injury are:
- Numbness or pain in the chin, lips, gums, and mouth
- A tingling or a feeling of an electric shock feeling in the chin, gums, lips, and mouth
- A feeling of intense burning in the mouth and gums
- Drooling that you are not aware of
- Slurred speech or slurring your words
If you think you have a lingual nerve injury, then you need to immediately see a doctor or dentist. If it has been definitively diagnosed that you have a lingual nerve injury, there are some treatment options that can either help or cure the injury. These are the things that can help:
- Therapy and hypnosis
- Surgical procedures
- Laser treatments
- Prescription drugs, such as painkiller and antidepressants
It should be pointed out that not all lingual nerve injuries will heal even with aggressive, varied, and persistent treatment. The Jackman Law Firm has seen, unfortunately, cases where people have exhausted all treatment options and despite that, the person never regained feeling in the affected area.
Recent Successful Case: Recently, The Jackman Law Firm obtained a $200,000 settlement for a man in Spokane who suffered a lingual nerve injury. The dentist who performed the procedure severed the nerve while doing a wisdom tooth extraction. The dentist never admitted fault, but the Jackman Law Firm, through our experts, were able to prove wrongdoing on the part of the dentist.How The Jackman Law Firm Can Help
The Jackman Law Firm can help you if you are suffering a lingual nerve injury because of a dentist or oral surgeon’s negligence. Make no mistake about it: these are difficult cases to win, but they can be won.
The Jackman Law Firm has the resources to successfully handle your case. In order to prove that the dentist or oral surgeon who treated you acted wrongfully, then you will need to have an expert, which is another dentist or oral surgeon, to review your records and write a report stating that the dentist or oral surgeon’s care was substandard. The Jackman Law Firm has the right connections to help you.
If we cannot settle your case out of court with the insurance company, then we will aggressively take your case to court and obtain a verdict. Legally, you are allowed to recover money for pain and suffering, your medical bills, your future medical bills, if you are going to have them, and lost wages, if you have missed work because of this incident. These damages are not easy to obtain per se, but they can be obtained with diligence and hard work.