When thinking of a potential medical malpractice suit, what often comes to mind is a surgery gone wrong or a physician who is negligent. However, medical malpractice can also encompass other areas, such as dentistry. Connecticut residents may be interested in the story of one out-of-state woman who filed a claim against her dentist after she says he botched her treatment.
According to the woman in this case, her dentist improperly placed a crown on one of her teeth. She says she experienced pain and discussed it on several occasions with her dentist. She believes that he did not diagnose the situation accurately and did not realize that the crown was not placed on her tooth correctly. She claims that her pain did not abate until she was treated by a different dentist.
She is now suing the first dentist and an insurance company for what she says was the misdiagnosis and improper installation of the crown, among other allegations. The amount of damages she is requesting is not known, but she hopes to be awarded on the basis of her pain and suffering, medical bills and other reasons. Neither the dentist nor the insurance company has offered any public comment regarding the civil suit.
Anyone here in Connecticut who finds him- or herself in a similar situation might also decide to file a medical malpractice claim against the caregiver deemed responsible. Doing so could result in monetary restitution that might be helpful in covering related medical expenses. No one should ever have to needlessly suffer due to the negligence of any medical provider, dentists and/or their staff included.
Source: louisianarecord.com, “Patient files medical malpractice suit against dentist over alleged misplacement of crown”, Andrew Stevens, July 31, 2014