Can You Sue a Dentist for Surgical Malpractice? Common Dental Errors With Disastrous Results


Dental Malpractice Can Result in Permanent Injuries and Even Death – Minnesota Medical Malpractice Lawyer Explains


When most people think of medical malpractice, they think of surgeons, hospitals, and nurses causing errors.  Medical malpractice often conjures thoughts of surgical errors like a slip of the scalpel or birth injuries harming a newborn baby.  But most people do not think about dental errors caused by dentists, oral surgeons, and other dental providers.  However, dentists and oral surgeons can cause significant injury to a patient.  There have been several wrongful death cases in the news regarding patients dying during dental procedures.


In fact, Sydney Galleger, 17, was killed during a wisdom tooth extraction in Minnesota in June of 2015.  Her family filed a wrongful death lawsuit this year alleging medical malpractice against the dentist, Dr. Paul Tompach, who performed the surgery.  This was a sad case with allegations of serious dental malpractice.  This case was so serious, that after Ms. Galleger’s death, Dr. Tompach had his license suspected by the Minnesota Board of Dentistry.


Dental malpractice cases are real and can have significant consequences.  Some fall under general dental care, whereas others are surgical errors.  If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a dental malpractice case, call Kuhlman Law, LLC to learn what rights you have by dialing (612) 444-3374.  You may be entitled to pain and suffering, expenses, and lost wages.


Signs You May Be a Victim of Dental Malpractice


What makes it harder to identify a dental malpractice case is that dentistry can be trial and error in that patients may have to come back several times to alleviate pain.  We also expect that dental problems will be painful.  After all, who likes going to the dentist?


But this is how some dentists and dental providers can hide their errors.  Here are some common signs of dental malpractice indicating you may want to consult with a Minnesota dental malpractice lawyer for a free case analysis:


  • The dentist is not answering your questions;
  • Office staff seems to be ignoring you;
  • Your insurance company is denying coverage for dental procedures;
  • You have numbness or tingling on only a portion of your face (i.e., the bottom left side of your face and lip to the center line, or the bottom right side of your face and lip to the center line);
  • Having to get sized for crowns several ties;
  • You are being referred to a specialist;
  • The specialist you are referred to sends you to another specialist (this happens!);
  • Oral surgery errors;
  • Every tooth being worked on by the dentist always resulting in a root canal;
  • Having procedures done on teeth that are not hurting or aching;
  • Being given antibiotics or other medications repeatedly;
  • A loved one dies at the dentist (immediately consult a lawyer if this happens);
  • Unexplained swelling or pain; and
  • Other suspicious signs.


Call Kuhlman Law, LLC for a FREE Case Analysis and to Learn About Your Rights in a Dental Malpractice Case


If you or a loved one have been injured due to the dental malpractice of a healthcare provider such as a dentist, doctor, nurse, hospital, or other health care service professional, call Kuhlman Law, LLC for a FREE consultation by dialing (612) 444-3374 to learn what your rights to compensation may be.  If we accept your case, we will conduct a thorough review and advise you whether there may have been a serious medical mistake causing your injury.   There is no risk, and you do not owe us money unless we win your case.

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