When Louisiana residents visit a healthcare professional, whether it is a doctor, nurse or dentist, there is a great deal of trust involved. We place the care of our bodies into the hands of these highly-trained professionals, and we expect a positive result. Unfortunately, we all know that there are certain instances of medical care in which things go wrong. This type of result can lead to a medical malpractice claim.
According to a recent report, this is the claim of a man who filed a lawsuit on January 10 in Louisiana. The allegations in the lawsuit assert that the defendant, a dentist in Orleans Parish, did not abide by the appropriate standard of care when treating the victim for some dental issues. Instead of making his dental issues better, the victim claims that the procedure that the dentist performed left him with discomfort, pain, and irritation in his gums. The lawsuit seeks compensation for the allegedly inappropriate treatment.
Medical malpractice claims can oftentimes be notoriously hard to prove, but when a medical professional does make a mistake when treating a patient there needs to be some accountability. Medical malpractice, such as a surgical error or a course of treatment that leaves a patient in a worsened condition, can produce a drastic change in a Louisiana resident’s life.
In the recent claim filed against the dentist in Orleans Parish, the plaintiff will have quite a bit of work in front of him. He will need all of the appropriate documentation of treatment to help prove his claim, as well as evidence that shows that the dentist did in fact fail to adhere to the appropriate standard of care. A competent attorney may be able to help this individual, and others similarly situated, pursue a legal claim that is persuasive and thorough.
Source: Louisiana Record, “Patient blames dentist for discomfort,” Carrie Bradon, Jan. 20, 2017