Earlier this month, a Florida dental malpractice jury returned its verdict in favor of the plaintiff in the amount of $350,418.90. The plaintiff, a teacher and single mother, alleged that the defendant dentist committed dental malpractice with regard to a three-tooth bridge procedure that the defendant had performed on her.
The plaintiff’s Florida dental malpractice lawyer described the dental problems and dental negligence as follows: “The two teeth that were holding up the bridge were crowns, and unfortunately one of them had a weak foundation and needed crown lengthening to really make it sturdy. That wasn’t done. The top of the bridge was going to be a pontic (fake tooth), and he never did any type of bite studies to make sure it was going to be sturdy enough to hold up. When he went to put the bridge on, he never cleaned the decay on the existing teeth, so the whole thing deteriorated and fell apart.”
The Florida dental malpractice lawsuit alleged that the defendant dentist and his dental practice failed to remove tooth decay before cementing a 3-tooth bridge and crown, failed to do crown lengthening, failed to do pre- and post-cementation films, failed to do study models, and failed to consider occlusion issues.
The plaintiff’s Florida dental malpractice lawyer summarized the plaintiff’s injuries and damages as follows: “[The plaintiff] lost two foundation teeth — one of which was a good tooth, the other just needed a crown lengthening — and eventually had to have three implants. When she went back almost a year later, the Defendant admitted that he never took off the decay. He should have said, ‘I made a mistake, let me fix it for you.’ He didn’t.”
It is often difficult for victims of dental malpractice to find dental malpractice lawyers willing to assist them with their dental malpractice claims because the extent of damages associated with dental malpractice is often limited and not sufficient enough to justify the enormous amount of time and money that must be devoted to prosecuting such claims.
Tort reforms enacted in many U.S. states have made it even more difficult and expensive for lawyers to represent plaintiffs in dental malpractice cases. Some tort reform measures limit who may testify as experts in dental malpractuce cases on behalf of plaintiffs, which severely restricts the pool of dental experts qualified to provide expert testimony in dental malpractice cases on behalf of plaintiffs. Because the number of dental experts is limited, those experts who are qualified to render expert opinions charge higher fees for their expert testimony. Therefore, the extent of harm must be great in order to justify litigating the dental malpractice claim.
If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries (or worse) due to possible dental malpractice in Florida or elsewhere in the United States, you should promptly seek the advice of a dental malpractice attorney in your state who may investigate your dental malpractice claim for you and file a dental malpractice case on your behalf, if appropriate.
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