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$2 Million Jury Verdict in Dental Malpractice Case

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A South Carolina woman has won a $2 million verdict in a dental malpractice case after a dental clinic mistakenly pulled 13 teeth. Elizabeth Smith, 28 years old, went to the Sexton Dental Clinic in 2006 to have three teeth pulled and the dentist at the clinic pulled all 16 of her upper teeth. Smith plans to have restorative surgery as soon as possible, estimated to cost about $80,000.

The jury returned the award of $2 million late last week, which clinic attorney Saunders Bridges is considering to appeal.

While the frequency of the number of claims in dental malpractice is pretty steady, many people are not even aware that dental malpractice suits are in their own category, and that dentists are liable for improper treatment services. Here are some examples of reasons to file a dental malpractice suit:

  • Nerve injuries that affected a patient’s ability to taste
  • Nerve injuries that caused permanent numbness in the tongue (or even just part of the tongue)
  • Complications arising from negligently completed crowns and bridges
  • Dentists’ failures to take a patient’s relevant medical history into account before acting
  • Failure to detect oral cancer, periodontal disease, or other diseases
  • Certain complications from anesthesia, even when releases are signed
  • Unnecessary extraction of multiple teeth
  • Extraction of wrong teeth

It is unclear how many cases of dental malpractice are filed every year in the United States, but according to some statistics the numbers are rising. If you believe that you are a victim of dental malpractice or dental care neglect it is important to contact an attorney to discuss your rights.