Dental Malpractice Involving Root Canal Treatment

By Norman Younker on June 01, 2019


Steps of a root canal procedureMedical professionals across the country are held to high standards. Patients have the right to expect the same degree of care from one medical professional as they would receive from another similarly trained professional who is faced with the same situation. These standards pertain to all types of medical professionals, including dentists.

Dental malpractice refers to substandard dental care that causes patient injury. While dental malpractice could occur during any treatment, it is more likely during invasive treatments, such as a root canal therapy. Individuals in the Salt Lake City, UT area who believe they have suffered dental malpractice during a root canal can work with the attorneys at Younker Hyde Macfarlane to file a lawsuit.

The Root Canal Myth

Root canal therapy is a dental treatment that is intended to remove infection from the inner nerves and tissues of a tooth. Admittedly, root canal treatment has a bad reputation. Although few people tell stories about how great their root canal procedure was, those who have a bad experience are quick to share.

Despite root canal therapy poor reputation, it should be a safe procedure that treats infection without causing complications. If injuries or other problems develop as a result of root canal therapy, the patient may have a case for a dental malpractice suit.

When to Consider a Lawsuit

Medical and dental professionals are held to high standards, and they should provide a certain standard of care. When this standard of care is breached, a malpractice suit can be filed.

When more serious damages or injuries occur after root canal therapy, we encourage patients to reach out to our Salt Lake City attorneys to discuss their case.

Reasons to consider a dental malpractice suit include:

  • Complications linked to anesthesia
  • Serious dental infections
  • Nerve damage
  • Wrongful death

Dental Malpractice Damages

When dental injuries or oral complications develop after root canal treatment, the damages may be significant. Most patients require additional restorative dentistry treatments to repair dental damage, eliminate infection, and restore oral health and functions.

The costs of any added treatment should not be the patient’s responsibility. Instead, the medical professionals who caused the damage should be held liable.

In addition to the financial costs of dental treatment and lost wages for the time away to seek that treatment, our attorneys will help our Salt Lake City clients seek compensation for pain and suffering. While these damages are not as easy to quantify, it is important that patients be compensated for any physical or emotional suffering they had to endure.

Schedule a Consultation

If you have suffered injuries as the result of root canal treatment, it is important to contact our attorneys as soon as possible to find out if there are grounds for a dental malpractice lawsuit. To discuss the details of your case with the legal team at Younker Hyde Macfarlane, call (801) 335-7025 and schedule a personal consultation.

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