A woman who went to the dentist for routine wisdom teeth extraction ended up suffering severe and permanent injuries. According to lawsuit documents, the woman underwent minor dental surgery for the removal of her wisdom teeth when she suffered permanent nerve damage. The woman states that the dentist failed to properly evaluate her condition before performing the procedure and for improperly performing the removal. The lawsuit was filed in Cook County against the dentist and Oral, Maxillofacial and Implant Surgery Ltd. claiming negligent dental care.
The mouth and neck have many different nerves that are necessary for proper movement of the tongue and head. When a tooth is extracted, care must be used to ensure that the nerves near the tooth are not damaged. In this case, the woman’s right lingual nerve was cut during the extraction. This nerve partially controls tongue movement. The woman suffered extreme pain and permanent nerve damage. Nerve damage of this type generally cannot be repaired.
When a lingual nerve is transected, as in this instance, the damage is permanent. The woman is now unable to properly move her tongue and therefore has a lisp. She also has an impaired ability to taste food, which will not be restored. These types of permanent injuries are not what you expect when you go to a dentist. A common dental procedure resulted in severe pain and medical harm.
These injuries will require future medical treatment and will continue to cause the woman pain and other difficulties. For example, the woman experiences tingling and numbness in her mouth and tongue. These sensations may never go away and therefore she will have to suffer for the rest of her life. She will also be unable to adequately taste food.
Dentists are required to provide proper care to patients. They are held to a higher standard of care than untrained individuals. Dentists are supposed to know the proper procedures necessary and should not cause medical harm to their patients. The dentist in this case did not properly assess the woman’s dental condition prior to performing the extractions. Further, the dentist made an error during the extraction which caused the lingual nerve to be cut.
When a doctor or dentist makes a mistake or fails to properly treat a patient it may result in serious harm. Not all injuries are serious enough to warrant legal attention, but some certainly are. When a patient or his family has medical expenses and other costs as a result of the mistake these should be paid by the responsible party. The law limits the time allowed to file a claim so it is important that you speak with a qualified attorney as soon as possible after the incident to determine how to proceed.
If you or a family member was severely hurt because of the mistake of a dentist, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Levin & Perconti to schedule a consultation today.