Holding Dentists Accountable For Lasting Injury
A dentist is supposed to fix problems and relieve pain, not create problems or make the pain worse. When dental professionals make serious mistakes, the results can range from permanent nerve damage or chronic pain to brain injury or even fatality.
Atlanta attorney Chip Thurston helps injured patients and their families deal with the devastating effects of dental malpractice. He will vigorously pursue full compensation for the personal suffering and financial setbacks. Thurston Law Offices has successfully sued dentists and oral surgeons in Georgia and across the country, from California to New York.
Nerve damage or other dental injuries? Call 404-882-0497 for a free consultation with a lawyer who focuses exclusively in these cases.
Nationwide Experience With Dental Malpractice
Chip Thurston brings more than four decades of experience as a personal injury trial lawyer. He has handled dental malpractice for more than 30 years and has consulted on more than 5,000 cases in the U.S. and internationally. That experience has made it possible to develop an extensive network of consulting and treating dentists, oral surgeons, experts and associate attorneys across the country to help hold dental professionals legally responsible.
Thurston Law Offices has handled every type of dental injury case, including complications of:
- Root canals
- Tooth extractions
- Dental implants and bridges
- Veneers, crowns and cosmetic dentistry
- Maxillofacial surgery
The Effects And Complications Of Dentist Negligence
Many patients have suffered permanent and life-changing nerve damage in their tongue, jaw or facial nerves. Other patients are left with bone loss, debilitating pain, paralysis or a disfigured face. Infections from dental procedures can cause chronic tooth or jaw pain and lead to serious health complications. Problems with anesthesia during oral surgery procedures can cause patients to suffer brain damage or even result in untimely death. Failure to diagnose oral cancer during dental exams can also lead to invasive surgery, drastic therapies or fatality.
Mr. Thurston draws on his network of dentistry experts to connect clients with providers who may be able to help restore function or relieve the suffering. Tragically, in many cases, it is not possible to heal or undo the damage.
What Damages Are Recoverable For Dental Injury?
Victims of dental malpractice are entitled to the same compensation as any personal injury case. Mr. Thurston has helped clients recover:
- Special damages – These reflect the tangible financial losses, such as medical bills for hospitalization, additional surgery to repair the damage, or lost income from missing work. Special damages (also known as liquidated damages) are easily calculated to a specific amount.
- Compensatory damages – These include past, present and future physical and psychological pain and suffering. These damages are referred to as unliquidated as they are not determined by any formula or calculation. The amount of compensatory damages is due solely to the enlightened conscience of impartial jurors (or a negotiated settlement based on past jury verdicts in similar cases).
- Punitive damages – These are awarded to punish or deter a defendant from continuing negligent action. Punitive damages are not recoverable in every case and must be based on evidence of conduct beyond mere negligence, such as performing oral surgery while intoxicated or another reckless or willful behavior.
In Georgia, there are no caps or limits on special or compensatory damages, but there are limits on the amount of punitive damages that can be recovered.
Get A Free Case Evaluation With A Proven Attorney
Thurston Law Offices provides a free initial consultation, in person in downtown Atlanta or by phone. If you are unable to travel, Mr. Thurston may be able to come to you (he is a licensed pilot). The expenses in bringing a malpractice lawsuit are advanced by the firm, so you owe nothing unless a recovery is obtained.