I had wisdom tooth surgery and the dentist ruined the nerve. Due to that i am in constant pinching pain since 7 weeks. And i couldn't eat properly. And i cannot talk properly. Always on meds. My health got ruined as am not able to eat properly. Is there any way i can file a lawsuit here?.
1. After surgery the dentist called me and asked if i have pain. I said it is getting better but i feel my lower jaw numbed. The dentist casually said it might be nerve damage , it will heal in 3-6 weeks. I was so shocked!. 3-6 weeks was not in my plan, i didn't know the complications.
2. After that the dentist never gave me appointment to explain what happened or what is the next step. no talking at all.
3. I went to dental clinic and demanded some dentist has to see me and explain whats going on. The other dentist saw me and said, best run to oral surgeon.
4. My oral surgeon then said the part was traumatized severely. And he removed the bits dentist left in one of the tooth, and removed other wisdom tooth as well. But he said nerve damage may take 6-9 months to heal.
5. Dentist charge me 1000 dollars and removed only one tooth. oral surgeon charged me 700 for 3 tooth.
Do i have a case.
Nerve damage is a known foreseeable complication of any dental extraction. Hence establishing negligence and liability for such an unfortunate occurrence may be difficult. But to be sure, gather your dental records and consult local counsel for further clarity. Best of luck to you.
The tough to jump hurdle is that it is a known foreseeable complication
As my colleagues have already indicated, nerve damage is a known complication/risk of tooth extractions. However, when the nerve lies very close to the roots of the tooth that's going to be extracted, and the dentist know or has reason to know, dentists typically refer such patients to oral surgeons because of the increased risk. Most attorneys will not move forward with such a claim until a year has passed and the likelihood of a permanent injury has been established. There are a few surgeons who do nerve repair surgery, but you don't want to wait a year before you get an opinion from one of them. Your oral surgeon should be able to refer to someone. Best of luck
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