If you have been a victim of dental malpractice, you may be entitled to compensation in California. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 15,078 malpractice claims in California between 2006 and 2016 that resulted in patients receiving settlements or judgments from dental practitioners. If you have been injured as a result of dental malpractice, the personal injury lawyers at Johnson Attorneys Group are ready to assist you with your case. Call today for a free consultation at 1-800-208-3538.
 

 

California Dental Malpractice Laws

Under California law, you must file a dental malpractice suit within certain time limitations. Dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, dental hygienists and other professionals who work on oral care can all be held liable if they injure a patient. You may be entitled to damages in a dental malpractice case if any of the following have happened to you:
  • Accidental aspiration/ingestion of foreign bodies
  • Misdiagnosis or delayed dental diagnosis
  • Anesthesia complications
  • Nerve damage due to cutting healthy tissue
  • Pulling healthy teeth
  • Fracturing teeth with dental tools
  • Unsanitary tools, resulting in infection or blood poisoning
  • Failure to properly treat a patient's condition
Johnson Attorneys Group will evaluate your situation for free to determine whether you should pursue a dental malpractice lawsuit in California. In order to win a California dental malpractice suit, you must be able to prove that a dentist deviated from the normal standard of care, which led to the injury in question.

California Dental Malpractice Compensation

The California Dental Board has a reporting limit of $10,000, meaning that any dental malpractice settlement of that amount or larger goes on the dentist's "record" and the dentist must take corrective action to keep his or her license. As a result, many cases are settled for $9,999 to avoid the reporting requirement. However, you may be entitled to much more than this amount in a California dental malpractice case.
 
In order to make a successful case for dental malpractice, an injured patient (and his or her attorney) will typically need to establish the following:
  • the existence of a dentist-patient relationship
  • the appropriate medical standard of care under the circumstances
  • how that standard of care was breached, causing harm to the patient, and
  • the nature and extent of the patient's injury.
Under California law, serious dental malpractice cases that result in pain and suffering are capped at $250,000. There is no limit to the amount of damages that can be recovered for lost wages and remedial dental treatments.

Johnson Attorneys Group Can Help You Get the Maximum Recovery for Your Dental Malpractice Injury - Get a Free Case Review

A dental practitioner's insurance company will employ an army of investigators and expert witnesses to protect their "bottom line" and to prevent you from recovering damages. Therefore you need an experienced legal advocate on your side to pursue a California dental malpractice case. Johnson Attorneys Group does not collect any fees unless we win or settle your dental malpractice case. Contact us for a free case evaluation.