Dentist Mistakes, Malpractice & Error Cases


Rockford Dental Malpractice Attorney

Dental procedures can result in claims of malpractice just like any other medical procedure. These dental mistakes can result in disfigurement, infections, root canal complications, nerve damage, or extractions that would otherwise be unnecessary. These errors can result in large medical bills, not to mention unnecessary pain and suffering.

If you visited a bad dentist in the Rockford area and are having long-term or permanent issues because of a mistake that has led to infection, nerve issues, pain and more – give the Law Offices of Paul Marriett a call!

Example Dental Error Cases

There are many different scenarios that may give rise to a lawsuit after a dental procedure. Here are a few:

  • Injuries to the nerves of the jaw, lips, and tongue
  • Fractured jaw and/or infection
  • Wrongful death resulting from a dental procedure
  • Anesthesia injuries and deaths
  • Failure to diagnose oral cancer
  • Failure to diagnose periodontal disease
  • Treatment exceeding consent
  • Product issues

The Law

Monetary damages can be awarded if someone is found to be legally responsible for a dental error in Rockford. Those monetary damages are called compensatory damages or actual damages. The purpose of compensatory damages is to attempt to put the injured person in the position in which he or she would have been had the injury not occurred. These damages may include medical expenses (past and future), pain and suffering (past and future), lost wages (past and future), loss of a normal life, and loss of society. It’s important to keep records of your medical bills and time off from work, as these can help you calculate your actual damages.

In some cases, punitive damages may also be awarded to punish the defendant if his or her conduct was not only negligent but also reckless or intentional. Punitive damages aren’t recovered for any specific loss. Instead, they are levied against the defendant as punishment to discourage dental negligence in the future. The court will determine whether to award the plaintiff with punitive damages and how much the award will be. According to Illinois law, punitive damages may only be awarded if actual damages are also awarded.

Illinois sets a time limit of two years to file a dental error and/or malpractice lawsuit in the state’s civil court system. In most cases, this two-year time limit, known as a “statute of limitations,” begins to run on the date of the accident. Sometimes, however, a statute of limitations might run from the date that you discovered you were injured, rather than the date of the event that injured you. This later date is known as a “discovery date.”

For dental injury claims against a city or county, you have one year to file a lawsuit. The time limit to sue the state for dental injury or malpractice is generally two years, but you must file a formal claim within one year in order to sue.

A qualified personal injury attorney in Rockford, IL can help guide you through this difficult time and alleviate some of the stress.

Contact Us Today

For a confidential, compassionate, in-depth, free, and, most importantly, thorough consultation with a Rockford Personal Injury Lawyer about your dental error case in Rockford, Belvidere, Freeport, Rochelle, Oregon, Loves Park, Byron, Machesney Park, Roscoe, Rockton, or elsewhere in the State of Illinois, call or text message us at (815) 391-0089, or e-mail us 24/7/365. We offer in-office consultations, and routinely make visits to clients’ homes, hospital rooms, nursing homes, and other off-site locations to make retaining our services as easy as possible.

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October 20, 2019

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