If you or a loved one sustained injury while receiving dental work, you may be entitled to financial damages from the dental professional, dental office, or hospital responsible for your injuries and losses. The experienced Tampa dental malpractice attorneys at Carlson Meissner & Hayslett can help you obtain the compensation and justice you deserve. Call now to learn more!

What is Dental Malpractice in Florida?

Dentists in Florida are required by law to provide patients with a reasonable standard of care. Dental malpractice occurs when a dental care provider doesn’t take the necessary actions to provide the needed and expected care. For instance, any of the following may constitute dental malpractice in Florida:

  • Using contaminated dental equipment
  • Using poor-quality restorative materials
  • Failed cosmetic dental procedure
  • Negligent handling of an oral surgery

Dental malpractice also happens if the dentist takes unjustifiable actions, such as removing a healthy tooth. Dentists, like other surgeons, doctors, and nurses, can be sued for malpractice. Patients receiving substandard dental care should talk to our highly rated dental malpractice attorneys at Carlson Meissner & Hayslett in Florida to seek compensation from their dentist.

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Do I Have a Dental Malpractice Claim?

Florida dentists must adhere to a strict code of ethics and follow the rules of medical practice to ensure patient safety. Patients can get seriously injured if a dentist breaches this code or doesn’t follow safety rules. You should speak with a dental malpractice attorney if you suffered injuries as a result of the following:

  • Your dental procedure was performed with negligent disregard
  • You received the wrong procedure or unnecessary procedures
  • The procedure was performed without informed or prior consent
  • Incorrect administration of anesthesia resulting in brain damage, heart attack, or life-threatening allergic reaction
  • The dentist failed to treat or diagnose your dental condition correctly
  • A dental professional inappropriately touched you
  • The dentist was not licensed or qualified to perform your procedure

Patients who suffer an injury due to the dentist’s medical misconduct or negligent actions can sue for compensation by filing a dental malpractice lawsuit. You may be able to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

 Filing a Dental Malpractice Lawsuit in Florida

You should ideally begin with the following steps to pursue a dental malpractice claim in Florida against your dentist:

  • Hire a qualified dental malpractice lawyer
  • File a claim with the court in Florida
  • Serve a copy of the paperwork to the at-fault party

You must also provide the defendant with a pre-lawsuit notice of intent in Florida. This informs the defendant about your intention to sue. In most cases, dental malpractice claims get settled during negotiations with the dentist’s insurance company. This makes consulting with an experienced dental malpractice attorney in the early stages essential.

Supporting Your Dental Malpractice Claim in Court

You must present evidence in court to convince the judge and jury that your dentist committed malpractice. We can do this through the following:

  • X-rays and other dental test results
  • Expert testimony from top dental professionals
  • Dental care policy information
  • Witness testimony
  • Video footage and photographic evidence
  • Patient files
  • Documentation about standard treatment
  • Dental prescriptions and other dental records
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Our experienced and knowledgeable dental malpractice lawyers in Tampa have helped numerous clients obtain millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts. We are determined to achieve a similar outcome in your case too. Our proven track record of successful malpractice litigation, substantial evidence collection, and trial preparation can put you in a dominating negotiating position with the defendants and help you obtain the maximum settlement.

To request your free, no-obligation consultation, call us at (727) 306-0273 or complete our online form.

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