Injured by a Dentist or Other Dental Professional?
Just like doctors, dentists and other dental care providers (such as orthodontists and oral surgeons) have a duty to provide their patients with an appropriate level of care. But sometimes dentists make preventable treatment errors, whether it be by pulling the wrong tooth or failing to diagnose and treat a disease. Substandard dental care that results in injury can give rise to a viable dental malpractice lawsuit, and talking to a dental malpractice attorney can be a crucial first step to understanding your rights and options.
An experienced dental malpractice lawyer can offer advice on how to navigate the complex legal procedures that often apply to dental malpractice cases and connect with dental experts and consultants who are central to the success of any dental malpractice claim.
And while many dental malpractice cases settle, that doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed a satisfying resolution. A knowledgeable dental malpractice attorney can present you with legal options based on the specifics of your case and advocate on your behalf when things get complicated. As your claim moves forward, it’s important to make sure your case is in capable hands.
Looking for a Lawyer?
At Lawyers.com, you’ll find a user-friendly search tool that allows you to tailor results by area of law and geography. You can also search for attorneys by name. Attorney profiles prominently display contact information, list topics of expertise, and show ratings—by both clients and other legal professionals.
Ready to Meet With a Lawyer?
Before hiring a lawyer or law firm, make sure to speak directly—preferably in person—to the attorney who will be primarily responsible for handling your case. Consider bringing to the conversation a list of questions and any documentation related to your case. Remember that you don’t need to hire the first lawyer you consult and that, first and foremost, you want a lawyer you can trust.
What to Ask a Lawyer
When gathering your thoughts and documents, think about what you’ll want to ask the lawyer. Consider including on your list questions about:
- the lawyer’s experience with dental malpractice cases like yours
- the lawyer’s familiarity with the local court system and any special procedural rules unique to dental malpractice cases
- how often the lawyer goes to trial (as opposed to settling)
- who else will work on your case
- attorneys’ fees and other expenses related to your case (including contingency fees and how fees might increase as your case progresses)
- how long the case might take, and
- the lawyer’s initial impressions of your case and options.