When you think of suing a healthcare provider for malpractice, you typically think of suing a doctor, nurse, or hospital. However, dentists are in fact licensed health care providers and are subject to the same medical malpractice laws as any other physician, nurse, or healthcare provider. When you have suffered a dental injury, you have rights under your state's personal injury laws to hold the dentist accountable. These services are some that a dental injury attorney can provide to you during your case.
Proving Blame for the Injury
If your dentist has inflicted a serious injury, you have a limited amount of time to prove that they caused it. Rather than wait weeks or months to start your case, you need to retain a dental injury attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney can gather time-sensitive information to prove that you were not to blame for the dental injury and that your dentist is responsible for your pain and suffering.
This evidence can range from x-rays that the dentist took to testimony from the hygienists and assistants who helped treat you. It can prove that your dentist was negligent in caring for you and either maliciously or accidentally caused a serious injury to you.
Filing a Lawsuit
Based on the evidence that your dental injury attorney gathers, you can decide whether to file a lawsuit against your dentist. If you file a lawsuit, your attorney can represent you in the case and hold your dentist responsible.
If your case goes to trial, your lawyer will argue for you in court and tell the judge or jury that the dentist caused your dental injury. An attorney can show the court the evidence against the dentist and persuade the court to decide in your favor.
Taking a Settlement
If your dentist wants to settle out-of-court, they can make an offer through your lawyer's office. A good lawyer will make sure that the settlement covers your current injury-related cost. The settlement will also compensate you for related expenses in the future and also make sure that you are paid for your lost income if you cannot go back to work right away.
These services are some that a dental injury attorney can provide to you. You can hold the dentist responsible for your dental injury. You can also win compensation for your pain and suffering. For more information, contact a lawyer in your area.