Like all medical professionals in the state of Oregon and around the country, dentists are required to treat their patients appropriately and with an acceptable standard of care. Dental patients often undergo complicated procedures that require anesthesia, so they place their trust and their lives in the hands of dentists. However, dentists, like doctors, can commit medical negligence. When negligence occurs in the field of dentistry, the affected patients can be left with permanent disfigurement and substantial injuries. A woman in another state has filed a lawsuit over claims that was left with permanent injuries after a fairly routine dental procedure.
The lawsuit claims the woman visited the defendant for a routine root canal procedure. During the procedure, the woman claims she was injected with sodium hypochlorite in the tissue surrounding her mouth. This injection caused facial nerve damage, the lawsuit alleges.
Unfortunately, the plaintiff claims that the nerve damage left her with permanent facial disfigurement. She accuses the defendant of negligence and holds the defendant responsible for her injuries. The plaintiff seeks relief for all future medical expenses and compensatory damages.
Dentists, like all medical professionals, are required to complete years of academic and on-the-job training before they can legally practice in the state of Oregon. Despite extensive training and experience, mistakes and/or negligence still happens. Victims can seek to hold dentists accountable for negligent care by pursuing claims for monetary damages. A successfully litigated lawsuit could result in a monetary award and provide victims of medical negligence with much-needed financial relief.
Source: pennrecord.com, "Keystone Rural Health Center patient claims root canal procedure injured nerves", Louie Torres, Sept. 12, 2017