I am sorry to hear about your situation. If your dentist, in fact, put the implant in incorrectly, resulting in an infection, and the need for a subsequent restoration, you may have a very good dental malpractice claim. The fact that you knew Dentist took photographs will be very helpful.
In your note, you state that you are now in Pennsylvania. You should know, however, that a dental malpractice claim will have to be brought in the state where the original dental work was performed. All cases are governed by statute of limitations. It is important to determine when the statue limitations began to run in your case. You should consult with an attorney specializing in medical malpractice in the state where this incident occurred.
I am sorry to hear about this. I recommend seeing a lawyer as soon as possible. A lawyer, in cooperation with an expert physician, will have to review the medical records and photographs to determine whether the periodontist was negligent.
A lawyer will also have to determine whether there are sufficient damages to justify pursuing the case. Although you have thousands of dollars in out of pocket expenses, litigation can be expensive, so the costs of pursuit must be weighed against the likely recovery. Finally, if you have any visible scarring or injuries, you should take photographs. Keep copies of any outstanding bills or out of pocket costs. Good luck.
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There are several points I could make about your case. But the most definitive is about the damage model. A common difficulty with pursing dental malpractice claims is that the damage model is too limited. Let me explain.
Malpractice cases cost tens of thousands of dollars to pursue. Your lawyer must hire expert witnesses, take depos, pay court reports, pay filing fees, incur travel costs, etc. The experts are the really expensive part. Most dental injuries take less than $20k to fix. Your pain and suffering is going to be evaluated by the jury as a sort of multiplier off your medical expenses. An attorney evaluating a potential new case needs to see that the damage model exceeds $100,000 usually, just so that the cost of financing the litigation will be covered (and this is before attorney fees are paid and....of course...get something for the client). Most dental cases are not economically justifiable to pursue because a reasonable settlement value of the case is less than $25k. Therefore, your attorney will spend more than the expected case value...and the client gets zip. Terrible scenario that most attorneys work hard to avoid.
I'm not a PA lawyer so I can't can't speak with particular authority of course. I do not know the PA law nor the statute of limitations. Talk to a local attorney to get competent advice,
The only way to ascertain whether there was malpractice is to retain a malpractice lawyer who will order the medical records and send to an expert to ascertain whether there was a breach of the standard of care.
I'm sorry, but our firm only handles serious birth injury, failure to diagnose cancer, and wrong site surgery type medical malpractice cases, but you can search Avvo for a malpractice lawyer in PA.
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