Dental malpractice cases have a high standard to prove, and only another dentist/expert will know for sure. With that being said, get copies of the dental records and immediately bring them to a personal injury attorney who handles malpractice cases in your area. Good luck.
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Dental malpractice cases are very tough, however, I think first your daughter needs to seek subsequent treatment with an oral surgeon to determine what her damages may be and whether they can be treated. ONce you do that you can seek evaluation or seek evaluation at the same time with a local attorney.
No, this would not be a viable dental malpractice claim in Texas. Texas has extremely strict regulations called "tort reform" that limits the types of cases that can be pursued. The plaintiff's damage model must be very, very large and heavily-weighted with economic damages (lost wages or extreme medical expenses). If a Texas med-mal plaintiff does not have economic damages that exceed $150,000 or so, there is no real economic way to pursue the case since these laws were passed in 2003.
I would also point out an issue with your venue (meaning the county). If this event happened near you in Montgomery County, then you'd really, really not be able to pursue a claim. Why? Montgomery County juries are some of the most conservative in the state. They tend to never award damages to a medical negligence victim. It's likely you could not find an attorney to take such a case in that county.
I am truly sorry that your daughter had this bad experience, but there are simply not enough damages here to warrant pursuing a dental malpractice lawsuit. These cases are expensive to prosecute. It sounds to me like the cost of pursuing this case might well equal or exceed any reasonable estimate of the recoverable damages, not to mention incurring the risk of losing and recovering nothing, which is always a possibility in any health care liability case.
I wish you and your daughter good luck.
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