DENTAL MALPRACTICE LAWYER NEW YORK CITY Malpractice cases are not limited to medical physicians. Dentists are equally accountable for their treatments, and they are required to provide their patients with the expected standard of care. When a dentist, orthodontist, periodontist, or orthodontic surgeon injures a patient by deviating from that standard, he or she is liable for injuries caused. It is important that patients understand what constitutes dental malpractice, and what steps they must take to file a claim against a dental professional. Most importantly, anyone who suspects they are the victim of dental malpractice should contact a dental malpractice lawyer from Oliveri and Schwartz for a free case evaluation. EXAMINING THE DENTIST’S DUTY OF CARE All dental professionals, including hygienists, are required to provide patients with a standard duty of care. This duty reflects the acceptable standard by others practicing in the same field of dental care, and compares the negligent dentist’s actions against that of a prudent, competent dentist. The “duty” is the legal standard that determines if the dentist was negligent at the time of your injury. Furthermore, it must be established that the victim (plaintiff) was a patient of the dentist (defendant). Establishing a dentist-patient relationship is as simple as providing receipts or proving the victim was a patient at the time of the injury. LEGAL REMEDIES WITH DENTAL INJURIES OCCUR When a dentist injures a patient, the patient has several legal remedies at his or her disposal. These solutions include: Filing an official complaint with the state dental board. All patients should submit a complaint to the state dental board. The complaint forces the board to investigate the injury and incident. If the investigation determines the dental professional was negligent, they may receive a citation. Serious injuries or malpractice could result in a revocation of their license. Filing a dental malpractice lawsuit. Medical malpractice attorneys handle dental lawsuits. These are not cases that a victim can handle alone. Instead, an attorney is required to conduct depositions, subpoena records, and conduct a thorough investigation. CONSULT WITH A MALPRACTICE ATTORNEY REGARDING YOUR DENTAL INJURIES OR COMPLICATIONS If your injuries are severe, then it might be in your best interest to speak with a malpractice lawyer. The injury law team at Oliveri and Schwartz can review your case, and we can also help file a complaint with the state dentistry board. Furthermore, we will examine records and identify which parties might be to blame for your injuries. Sometimes the injuries occur from a dental office staff member, such as a hygienist, while other times the dentist is responsible. Our malpractice attorneys will then help determine how much your case is worth. We will aggressively seek out the compensation you deserve, and hold the negligent dentist accountable for his or her actions. Furthermore, your lawsuit may prevent others from suffering similar injuries – forcing the dentist to be more aware of how their actions affect their patients. Schedule a consultation with an attorney from Oliveri and Schwartz today by calling 800-427-9546.