The legal definition of dental malpractice varies from state to state. However, a general description of dental malpractice in Florida would be described as medical malpractice for an injury due to negligent dental work, failure to diagnose or treat possible dangerous oral conditions, delayed diagnosis or treatment of oral disease, 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. If you feel you’ve been injured as the result of dental malpractice, contact an experienced Tampa dental malpractice attorney at Catania & Catania today for more information regarding your claims.
In addition to having the duty to provide an acceptable standard of care, a dental care provider must also obtain your consent for any dental 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 forth. 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 free consultation with one of our Tampa lawyers will help you decide if your case merits legal proceedings.
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 dental professional may be found guilty of intentionally injuring or committing improper conduct 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. If you’re the victim of any of these types of injuries or bad dental practices, you may be eligible for monetary compensation by pursuing a dental malpractice lawsuit claim with the help of Catania & Catania.
If you believe you’re a victim of dental malpractice, or dental care neglect, contact a Tampa dental lawyer at your earliest convenience. Our signature law firm has served Tampa Bay, Florida for over 20 years and counting. We can take on your dental malpractice suit and seek the results you deserve. For more information regarding your specific case credentials, contact us today at 1-800-253-5523 to speak with someone who can help. We also have our live chat representative available to answer any of your questions instantly.