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Dental Malpractice

Dental Malpractice

With over thirty years combined experience representing dentists, periodontists, oral surgeons, and dental office employees, the attorneys of Shendell & Pollock P.L. are well-equipped to address the broad range of needs facing those in the dental profession. Shendell & Pollock P.L. provides legal services ranging from the representation of dental professionals in civil malpractice claims to claims filed with the Florida Board of Dentistry. Shendell & Pollock P.L.’s experience in these arenas permits Shendell & Pollock P.L. to provide risk management services to dental professionals in order to limit the claims made against them.
According to the federal government’s National Practitioner Data Bank, there were over thirty four thousand dental malpractice payouts for claims in the United States; 13.4 percent of all medical malpractice claims filed were against dentists or dental residents. In further analyzing the statistical data, an estimated thirteen percent of malpractice case payouts will stem from dental malpractice claims including tooth loss. Shendell & Pollock P.L. endeavors to limit or avoid payouts made on behalf of its clients.
In addition to the traditional claim, Shendell & Pollock P.L. recognizes the increasing trend to bring claims involving fraud, civil theft, unlicensed practice of dentistry and violations of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act. These additional theories of liability are employed to increase the potential exposure for dental professionals. Shendell & Pollock P.L.’s extensive experience in defending against these claims affords its attorneys a unique and beneficial perspective on defending them in the context of dental professionals. Shendell & Pollock P.L. further recognizes the expanded healthcare duties being afforded dental assistants and hygienists, and the need to provide a knowledgeable defense of these professionals as well.
The typical claims against dental professionals include the following:
Unnecessary Surgery or Dental Procedures

Unnecessary Surgery or Dental Procedures

Improperly Designed Prosthetics

Improperly Designed Prosthetics

Improperly Placed Crowns, Bridges, Veneers, or Other Dental Devices

Improperly Placed Crowns, Bridges, Veneers, or Other Dental Devices

Latrogenic Injury

Latrogenic Injury

Failure to Diagnose Future Complications

Failure to Diagnose Future Complications

Failure to make dental study models when considering treatment

Failure to make dental study models when considering treatment

Osteonecrosis of the Jaw From the Use of Intravenous Bisphosphonate

Osteonecrosis of the Jaw From the Use of Intravenous Bisphosphonate

Failure to Diagnose/Treat Oral Cancers

Failure to Diagnose/Treat Oral Cancers

Unnecessary Extractions

Unnecessary Extractions

Improper Diagnosis

Improper Diagnosis

Esthetic Complaints from Elective Procedures

Esthetic Complaints from Elective Procedures

Failure to Diagnose Dental Conditions

Failure to Diagnose Dental Conditions

Necessary Apicoectomy Due to Failed Root Canal

Necessary Apicoectomy Due to Failed Root Canal

Temporary & Permanent Nerve Damage Due to Alleged Improper Injections Including Mandibular Nerve Block Injections

Temporary & Permanent Nerve Damage Due to Alleged Improper Injections Including Mandibular Nerve Block Injections

Unnecessary Surgery or Dental Procedures

Unnecessary Surgery or Dental Procedures

Improperly Designed Prosthetics

Improperly Designed Prosthetics

Improperly Placed Crowns, Bridges, Veneers, or Other Dental Devices

Improperly Placed Crowns, Bridges, Veneers, or Other Dental Devices

Latrogenic Injury

Latrogenic Injury

Failure to Diagnose Future Complications

Failure to Diagnose Future Complications

Failure to make dental study models when considering treatment

Failure to make dental study models when considering treatment

Osteonecrosis of the Jaw From the Use of Intravenous Bisphosphonate

Osteonecrosis of the Jaw From the Use of Intravenous Bisphosphonate

Failure to Diagnose/Treat Oral Cancers

Failure to Diagnose/Treat Oral Cancers

Unnecessary Extractions

Unnecessary Extractions

Improper Diagnosis

Improper Diagnosis

Esthetic Complaints from Elective Procedures

Esthetic Complaints from Elective Procedures

Failure to Diagnose Dental Conditions

Failure to Diagnose Dental Conditions

Necessary Apicoectomy Due to Failed Root Canal

Necessary Apicoectomy Due to Failed Root Canal

Temporary & Permanent Nerve Damage Due to Alleged Improper Injections Including Mandibular Nerve Block Injections

Temporary & Permanent Nerve Damage Due to Alleged Improper Injections Including Mandibular Nerve Block Injections

Oral infections/tooth abscess due to:
Unsanitary Instruments, Offices, or Facilities

Unsanitary Instruments, Offices, or Facilities

Improper Pre-Procedure Antibiotic Therapy

Improper Pre-Procedure Antibiotic Therapy

Improper Post-Procedure Prescriptions

Improper Post-Procedure Prescriptions

Unsanitary Instruments, Offices, or Facilities

Unsanitary Instruments, Offices, or Facilities

Improper Pre-Procedure Antibiotic Therapy

Improper Pre-Procedure Antibiotic Therapy

Improper Post-Procedure Prescriptions

Improper Post-Procedure Prescriptions

Failed Dental Procedures Including:
Unsanitary Instruments, Offices, or Facilities

Unsanitary Instruments, Offices, or Facilities

Improperly Filled Cavity

Improperly Filled Cavity

Failed Endodontic Procedures

Failed Endodontic Procedures

Failure to Appreciate Canal Structure

Failure to Appreciate Canal Structure

Improperly Sealed Crown

Improperly Sealed Crown

Diminished Taste/Hypogeusia Due to Faulty Dental Procedures

Diminished Taste/Hypogeusia Due to Faulty Dental Procedures

Not treating all Roots During a Root Canal

Not treating all Roots During a Root Canal

Broken File Left in Tooth

Broken File Left in Tooth

Unsanitary Instruments, Offices, or Facilities

Unsanitary Instruments, Offices, or Facilities

Improperly Filled Cavity

Improperly Filled Cavity

Failed Endodontic Procedures

Failed Endodontic Procedures

Failure to Appreciate Canal Structure

Failure to Appreciate Canal Structure

Improperly Sealed Crown

Improperly Sealed Crown

Diminished Taste/Hypogeusia Due to Faulty Dental Procedures

Diminished Taste/Hypogeusia Due to Faulty Dental Procedures

Not treating all Roots During a Root Canal

Not treating all Roots During a Root Canal

Broken File Left in Tooth

Broken File Left in Tooth

Tooth loss due to:
 Abscess

Abscess

Oral Cancers

Oral Cancers

Surgical Trauma

Surgical Trauma

Infection Stemming From Unsanitary Dental Practice

Infection Stemming From Unsanitary Dental Practice

Tooth Decay

Tooth Decay

 Abscess

Abscess

Oral Cancers

Oral Cancers

Surgical Trauma

Surgical Trauma

Infection Stemming From Unsanitary Dental Practice

Infection Stemming From Unsanitary Dental Practice

Tooth Decay

Tooth Decay

Other Dental claims:
Medical Provider Fraud

Medical Provider Fraud

Multiple Insurance Policies

Multiple Insurance Policies

Insurance Agent Fraud

Insurance Agent Fraud

Fraudulent Services or Billing

Fraudulent Services or Billing

Medical Provider Fraud

Medical Provider Fraud

Multiple Insurance Policies

Multiple Insurance Policies

Insurance Agent Fraud

Insurance Agent Fraud

Fraudulent Services or Billing

Fraudulent Services or Billing