Belle was an extremely well educated and highly respected historian. She
was never afraid to forge new paths and make new discoveries. But one
thing that Belle was afraid of was dentists; her parents did not encourage
good oral hygiene and the rare time she went to the dentist, she was nothing
but admonished and made to feel bad about herself.
While looking at her teeth in the mirror, she knew it was time to get help.
Her gums hurt badly, more of her teeth were exposed and her teeth seemed
to float or move around easily.
“Heavens, how long has it been since I last visited the dentist,”
she wondered to herself. “I just get so wrapped up with work, and
I cannot stand the dentist office…just thinking of the sounds and
smells of the place make me break out in a cold sweat.”
Enough is enough, however, and Belle made an appointment with her dentist.
She received the lecture she expected to get during her exam. What she
did not expect was the disgust and almost anger the dentist directed at
her. He cleaned her teeth, took X-rays, explained little about what is
causing her receding gums, and sent her on her way.
Belle was so angry! Tears rolled down her cheeks as she changed out of
her sweaty clothes and donned a new outfit so that she could return to work.
A few weeks went by and her anger turned into action. Her oral problems
continued, she was in pain, and the dentist did nothing to help. Knowing
that something must be done, she consulted with a highly regarded dentist
and found out that she had periodontal disease. She was even told that
the other dentist should have diagnosed her and helped her overcome this.
Further enraged, Belle turned to an attorney for help.
Experienced Newburgh periodontal malpractice attorneys have encountered other people like the fictional character, Belle. Failures
to diagnose periodontal disease can amount to medical malpractice. So
too can failing to: treat the disease; advise the patient on what to do;
review X-rays properly; refer patients to specialists; and monitor the disease.
Patients have rights when victimized by
periodontal malpractice. The pain and suffering, disease progression, medical costs, and wages
lost from missed work can all be compensated for if a negligent doctor
caused the victim to suffer these losses.
Learn more about New York Dental Malpractice in
our latest article posted here. Read more about negligent root canals resulting in medical malpractice
in our blog posted here. Learn more about dental malpractice resulting in botched wisdom tooth
our blog posted here. Learn more about the failure to diagnose oral cancer and dental malpractice in
our blog posted here.
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