If you are a patient who has suffered an injury due to the negligence of your dentist, speak to an experienced Stratford dental malpractice attorney at Connolly Brennan Ralabate, PC. You may be entitled to receive compensation for any related medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering.
Dental health professionals are expected to adhere to certain standards of care, just as practitioners in all other medical fields are. Any deviation from the duty they are bound to may be considered dental malpractice.
Call our office at (203) 493-0093 for a free consultation and to learn your legal options today. We represent victims of dental malpractice in Fairfield County, including the cities of Monroe, Shelton, Bridgeport, Trumbull, and throughout Connecticut.
For a negligent act to be considered dental malpractice by law, there are certain criteria that must be present in the situation:
First, there must be proof of a dentist-patient relationship, which will typically not be disputed.
Secondly, what the medical standard of care is under the circumstances that are generally accepted by similar practitioners; as well as how the treatment provided failed to meet it and resulted in harm. To establish this element, a qualified expert medical witness who has experience with the kind of procedure completed may be required to testify.
Lastly, but very important, is that the treatment provided resulted in serious personal injuries.
All of these factors must be present in order to pursue a dental malpractice claim. In addition, dental records and evidence collected in an independent investigation by a Stratford dental malpractice attorney, which will be critical to successfully obtaining compensation.
There are certain instances of dental malpractice that are more common than others, such as:
The statute of limitations, or time limit, on a claim made by a patient, can vary depending on the state. In Connecticut, a dental malpractice victim generally has two years either from the date of the incident or date they reasonably should have discovered the injury. However, there may be certain exceptions to extend the deadline. A Stratford dentist malpractice lawyer can be consulted about your specific circumstances.
Connecticut does have a statute of repose, which not all states impose, that creates an absolute deadline of three years regardless of when a victim discovers their injury. Unlike most states, there is no separate statute of limitations for minors.
The lawyers at Connolly Brennan Ralabate, PC know how to investigate dental malpractice and build a strong case as we pursue the compensation you deserve. Get in contact with us to schedule a free consultation, online, or call (203) 493-0093.