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Dental Malpractice Lawyers in Chicago

Chicago Dental Malpractice Lawyers

Chicago Dental Malpractice Lawyers

Dental malpractice often occurs in Chicago and other areas of Illinois. The consequences can be severe. Patients may suffer serious injuries that affect their mouth as well as other areas of the body. The harm may require extensive treatment. If they carry no dental insurance or only limited coverage, the expenses can quickly overwhelm them.

At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., we understand the pain and stress that dental malpractice brings into people’s lives. If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered harm due to the negligence of a dental professional, we want to help you to seek the justice and compensation you deserve.

Since 1982, our skilled and compassionate personal injury lawyers have protected the rights of dental malpractice victims and their families in Chicago and throughout Illinois. We work hard to achieve results for our clients. Our record includes more than 230 cases with verdicts or settlements of $1 million or more. We are ready to put that experience to work for you.

To learn more, contact us today and receive a free, no-obligation consultation.

Do You Have a Dental Malpractice Case?

Do you believe that you suffered injury or illness due to mistreatment by a dental professional? An attorney from Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. who has experience with medical negligence cases will carefully review what happened to you. The lawyer will focus on whether the facts in your case meet the basic elements of a dental injury claim in Illinois. The two main questions will be:

  • Did the dental professional breach the acceptable standard of care? In other words, did the dental professional fail to use the knowledge, skill and care that a reasonably careful dental professional would have used under the same or similar circumstances? Your lawyer will consider the dental professional’s location. The attorney also will focus on whether the professional was a general dentist, dental hygienist, specialist (such as an orthodontist or periodontist) or oral surgeon.
  • Did the dental professional’s breach of the acceptable standard of care cause you to suffer harm? For example, a patient may lose teeth because a dentist failed to properly diagnose and treat the patient’s gum disease, or a patient may suffer from nerve damage due to a botched dental injection.

Our law firm has more than 35 years of experience with investigating medical negligence cases in Illinois. We will know how to thoroughly investigate your case and assess whether you have a dental malpractice claim. For instance, we may:

  • Interview and obtain statements from witnesses
  • Request and review your dental and other medical records
  • Examine the dental equipment involved in your case.

Additionally, our firm will consult with one or more other dental professionals. A dental expert can help us to understand the acceptable standard of care in your case. An expert can also help us to determine whether the dentist, dental assistant, dental surgeon or other professional failed to meet that standard when the professional examined and/or treated you.

After we conclude our initial investigation, we will provide an open and honest assessment of your case, explain the legal options that may or may not be available to you and discuss what you can expect as you move forward.

What Are Common Types of Dental Malpractice Cases?

Dental malpractice can occur in many different situations. It may happen when a patient goes to the dentist’s office for a standard check-up or when the patient undergoes a more complex procedure such as a root canal, tooth extraction or crown treatment. Some common types of dental negligence in Illinois are:

  • Mishandling a dental procedure (such as pulling the wrong tooth)
  • Leaving instruments in canals
  • Performing an unnecessary dental procedure
  • Failing to obtain a patient’s informed consent
  • Failing to sterilize hands or dental instruments
  • Negligently administering anesthesia such as lidocaine or nitrous oxide
  • Failing to consider potentially dangerous drug interactions
  • Misreading X-rays or other tests
  • Failing to diagnose oral cancer, gum disease or other oral health problems
  • Neglecting to review a patient’s dental and medical history
  • Failing to communicate effectively within the staff or with other offices, including failing to refer a patient to a specialist.

At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., we will analyze the specific facts in your case to identify the acts or omissions that may have harmed you. We will also identify all parties who should be held accountable. Those parties could include individual dental professionals such as the dentist, dental assistant or dental surgeon who examined and treated you as well as the clinic or organization that employs them.

What Types of Injuries Can Dental Negligence Cause?

As our attorneys have seen, dental malpractice can cause devastating harm to patients and have an impact on the lives of their loved ones as well. Some of the most common dental negligence injuries are:

  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Loss of teeth
  • Permanent nerve damage
  • Gum damage
  • Jaw disorders
  • Sinus perforation
  • Root canal pain
  • Loss of taste or sensation in parts of the mouth
  • Progression of cancer or other oral disease due to a delayed diagnosis
  • Infections from the transmission of harmful bacteria.

In many cases, you can address the harm caused by a negligent dentist or other dental professional by receiving additional treatment. For instance, another dentist or oral surgeon may be able to correctly perform a procedure that a dentist or surgeon previously mishandled. However, this treatment can be highly expensive and may not be fully covered by your dental insurance. However, if dental negligence caused your harm, you should not be left with this financial burden.

Additionally, the injuries caused by dental malpractice can affect your overall physical and mental health. Indeed, many people who suffer from oral health problems also experience heart issues as well as anxiety and depression.

What Compensation Can You Recover in a Dental Malpractice Claim?

At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., our lawyers will pursue full compensation for the injuries and losses that a negligent dental professional has caused you to suffer. We will thoroughly investigate your case and consult with experts to determine the amount of damages that you should pursue. Those damages could include:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost past and future income
  • Pain and suffering.
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Wrongful death damages (if you have lost a loved one).

A statute caps the amount of non-economic damages (such as pain and suffering) that a patient can recover in a medical malpractice claim in Illinois. However, the Illinois Supreme Court has declared that cap to be unconstitutional.

Our attorneys know how to develop solid cases for settlement negotiations. Our approach allows us to frequently resolve cases for our clients without the need to take a case to trial. We will demand the maximum amount for you and your family, and we will advise you concerning any settlement offers that you receive. At all times, our highly skilled trial lawyers will be prepared to fight for you in the courtroom. (Please see our record of results on behalf of our medical malpractice clients and learn more about the many types of cases we have handled.)

How Much Time Do You Have to File a Dental Negligence Claim in Illinois?

Illinois law limits the period of time you have to bring a medical malpractice claim such as a dental negligence lawsuit. This is called the “statute of limitations.”

Generally, you must file a claim within two years from the date of discovery, or the date when you knew or reasonably should have known that a negligent act or omission occurred. In no case can you file a dental malpractice claim more than four years after the date that the malpractice occurred. Exceptions apply to those who were under age 18 or suffered from a legal disability at the time of the injury.

If you pursue a wrongful death claim based on dental negligence, you must bring the claim without two years from the date of your loved one’s death.

Like any medical malpractice case, a dental malpractice claim involves a great deal of investigation and research as well as consultation with qualified experts. Your lawyer will need time to go through that process. If you suspect that you or a loved one have suffered harm due to the negligence of a dentist or other dental professional, please get in touch with Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. right away.

Our Chicago Dental Malpractice Attorneys Are Ready to Help You

When you are ready to take action, contact our experienced and compassionate dental malpractice attorneys to discuss your case. You can reach us by phone or through our online form. We will charge nothing for your consultation. Additionally, at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., we will charge you no fees unless we secure a settlement or verdict on your behalf.  Our law firm features offices in Chicago and Waukegan and represents clients throughout Illinois. Don’t wait to get help. Connect with us today!