A mother, on behalf of her five-year-old daughter, has joined a number of other families in a medical malpractice lawsuit against a local dentist. According to a news report, county police and federal officials, joined with the Department of Health and Human Services, began investigating the above-mentioned dentist after receiving complaints.
Evidently, a significant number of families began bringing complaints against the particular dentist, and, as a result, the authorities began to investigate his practices. A dental consultant was retained to review the medical records of the various families. The Board of Dentistry did not begin to investigate until recently, almost three years after the authorities reported the dentist’s possible malpractice.
The parents of the victims have alleged that their children were mistreated by the defendant dentist. The mother referenced above stated that her five-year-old daughter’s teeth are completely capped in silver because of the damage that her daughter incurred. The Board cited the dentist, claiming that over a period of two years, the dentist did not have sufficient documentation for the treatment he provided in over 14 cases. The Board fined the dentist $11,500 and placed him on probation for three years. The families alleged that the dentist used unlawful restraint and force while negligently treating their loved ones.
Georgia Board of Dentistry Complaints
According to the report above, an investigation revealed that the Georgia Board of Dentistry very rarely suspends or revokes a dentist’s license. In fact, in the past 10 years the Board has revoked only six licenses. Furthermore, the Board indicates that it gets almost 400 complaints every year. However, the majority of the investigated dentists only receive probation.
Medical Malpractice Suits against Dentists in Georgia
Many people do not realize that dentists are held to the same standards that doctors are, and if they do not provide an adequate level of care, or are negligent in the treatment of a patient, a victim may bring a medical malpractice suit against the dentist. Unfortunately, as the discussion above indicates, the Georgia Board of Dentistry is not very transparent in their investigations, nor are they strong in their attempts to discipline negligent dentists. Many times, the only recourse a victim has is bringing a medical malpractice suit against the dentist.
To bring these suits, the victims must make sure they are following all procedural and evidentiary guidelines. This includes making sure that complaints allege all of the necessary aspects of the case, that their case is brought within the required time period, and that they have adequate proof of their injuries. Without strict adherence to the procedural rules in Georgia, it is likely that a case will get dismissed before it is even heard.
Have You Been Injured by a Dentist’s Negligence?
Dentists, like doctors and other medical professionals, are required to ensure that they provide their patients with due care and do not act negligently. If you or a loved one has been injured because of the negligence of a dentist, you should consider contacting the personal injury lawyers at Miller Legal Services to discuss your rights and remedies. You may be entitled to monetary compensation for the injuries you incurred. Contact Miller Legal Services at 770-284-3727 to schedule your free initial consultation.
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