Most of us are aware with the term medical malpractice and its implications. In some cases, it can prove to be quite fatal and in other cases, the victim may escape unscathed yet shaken. Dental malpractices are similar to medical malpractices in the sense that they both may end up in hurting a patient intentionally or unintentionally due to negligence. Read on to know more about dental malpractices and the various laws in place to tackle them in the State of Arizona.
We will also look in to what are punitive damages? What have they got to do in a dental malpractice case? All these questions will be answered in these few paragraphs given below.
Definition of dental malpractice
Dental malpractice is not vastly different from that of a medical malpractice. In fact, it is a form of medical malpractice, leading to injuries of a patient and is caused by a dentist. Dental professionals vary, from general dentists to orthodontists and if their irresponsible actions led to an injury to a patient, then the patient has the right to sue the dentist for dental malpractice.
Considering the fact that most dentists in the Arizona state are general dentists who are not specialized in a particular field, the state permits them to perform all but the most specialized of dental procedures. Unsurprisingly, most of the dental malpractice cases reported in the Arizona state involve general dentists performing the more complex procedures.
What are the consequences of dental malpractices?
A dentist operates on the sensitive body parts of the patients such as teeth, jaw and mouth, and as such any malpractice or irresponsible behavior from the concerned dentist might result in permanent damage to the patient. This could be particularly problematic if the dentist commits a complex procedure is just a
general dentist who is not specialized in that particular field. In Arizona, the authorities allow general dentists to perform complex medical procedures only if they are willing to take up the risk that comes with it.
What are punitive damages?
Punitive damages are monetary damages that are awarded by a court to a plaintiff, in the instances where the court feels that the damages are not necessary. It must also be noted that the punitive damages are likely to be way higher than the monetary loss suffered by the plaintiff. The damages have to be borne by the person who is responsible for the same.
In the case of dental malpractices too, a court can award punitive damages to the patient and punish the dentist for his or her negligence. To prove this, attorneys must be well versed in the field of medicine too.Google+