Can an orthodontist be sued for medical malpractice? The short answer to that question is ‘yes’. An orthodontist is a health care professional like any other and, as such, has a duty to provide a certain standard of care. When an orthodontist fails to meet that standard, a patient may be due compensation under the law. Before you reach out to call an attorney, there are some things to keep in ind.
Firstly, just because something goes wrong with your orthodontic care does not mean that you have a medical malpractice case. When you have braces put on your teeth, you are excepting some level of risk. Complications with orthodontics are not out of the ordinary. In fact, if you remember signing paperwork before your braces were put on, chances are that there was some fine print outlining those risks and your acceptance of them.
They key to a successful orthodontic malpractice case is the look closely at the details. What led to the harm? Would another orthodontist have treated you the same way? If your orthodontist did not provide the same level of care that another would have and you were harmed, you may have a case. Orthodontic malpractice injuries typically occur with:
- Braces – when your mouth is not monitored correctly, you may suffer pain, periodontal disease, and even an incorrect positioning of your teeth. In turn, you could experience jaw problems, future surgeries and the need for further orthodontics.
- Invisalign – Invisalign is a viable option for some people, but not all. If your orthodontist uses Invisalign incorrectly, your mouth could be damaged and it could cost thousands for you to fix the problems.
It can be difficult to determine whether or not you have a case against your orthodontist. If you believe that you were harmed as a result of negligence, it is always a good idea to consult with an attorney.
If you have experienced mouth pain, teeth misalignment or any other problems with your mouth and jaw as a result of orthodontics, reach out to our office. A member of our team will provide you with a free case evaluation and advise you of your options. Call now or browse our website for more information about our firm and how we can assist you.