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Negligent prosthodontist caused serious infection…

Submitted By: Tina (Nashville, TN)

I went for a smile makeover with a prosthodontist. I paid several thousand dollars up front and throughout the course of treatment. His behavior was anything but ethical. I was harassed by phone calls by him wanting to date me, and I was abused sexually while sedated by the dentist.

I acquired herpes 1 and 2 due to his bad sanitary practices. The dental assistants were performing work outside their scope of training. I’m not sure any of them had any sort of license! I suffered an undetected horrible infection, after re-cementing a temporary bridge.

My teeth were ground down to picks, and I suffered complications, swelling, pain and sickness. I was unable to get a call back from the dentist to treat these problems.

I wore the temporary bridge for over a year. My plan of treatment was never followed. During a root canal, he perforated the canal, causing severe pain. I was also forced to sign a disclosure to receive a refund. I had no alternative but to sign, due to having to pay another dentist for surgery to fix the problem of the infection.

I had to have all my upper teeth removed due to the infection in the bone. What can be done to hold this dentist accountable? I have not been successful in retaining a lawyer, due to my community status.

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Dear Tina,

I’m not sure what you mean by the “community status” you speak of in your question. That issue aside, the facts of your ordeal with the prosthodontist fly in the face of your inability to find an attorney to accept your injury claim.

From the facts you present, the prosthodontist was entirely negligent, and his negligence is imputed to his employees.

Dental malpractice is defined as the actions or omissions of a dentist which fall below the dental standard of care for the community in which the dentist practices. Moreover, those actions or omissions must be the direct and proximate cause of a patient’s injuries.

The facts of your ordeal seem to clearly support a finding of dental malpractice. Gather copies of all your dental records. Also put together receipts for your out-of-pocket expenses, and a letter from your employer verifying any wages you lost due to your inability to work because of your injuries.

Seek out additional personal injury attorneys. Make several appointments. Under the facts you present, there shouldn’t be any reason an experienced attorney should not accept your case.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: August 21, 2014

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