I have been practicing law since 1994. Over the years I have had, what I consider, some great trial victories in areas such as medical malpractice, civil litigation and personal injury. But, there is one area of law to which I have gravitated over the years and which has become somewhat of a specialty for me: dental malpractice. While I could not fully explain in this article all of the reasons why I have come to specialize in dental malpractice, I can say that I am drawn to this area of law because it allows me to help clients who have been seriously hurt — many times seemingly out of the blue. In other words, many of my clients went to the dentist to have a simple dental procedure performed (such as getting a dental implant installed or root canal performed) and within days they have suffered a life-changing injury. This is very unsettling and I understand what these clients are going through. Consequently, I get a deep sense of satisfaction in being able to walk them through the legal and dental process, and ultimately I do everything I can to help them recover from the dental injury and move on with their life.
I consider myself to by very good at identifying dental negligence and being able to quickly and accurately identify which dental injuries are caused by malpractice and which cases have merit. This seemingly simple step goes a long way in helping those injured in the dental chair have a clearer understanding of how and why they were hurt and what their prospects of being adequately compensated for their dental injuries are. In handling dental malpractice claims in Georgia, the reality is that the vast majority of case do not wind up being a case that we can take and file a lawsuit over. Oddly enough, some potential clients have voiced great relief when informed that their dental injury was probably not the result of malpractice. I think I get that. There is a sense of clarity and it can be a bit easier to accept an injury that was not caused by malpractice but rather simply occurred through no fault of someone else.
While my dental malpractice clients vary in every respect (i.e, age, gender, income level, political affiliation, etc.), they all have one thing in common: they were seriously injured by no fault of their own, and many times this happens when they are under general anesthesia and not even cognizant of what is taking place. I understand how troubling this is and I do all I can to address this with my clients. Many of these injuries are debilitating and permanent such as trigeminal nerve injuries, mental nerve injuries, inferior alveolar nerve injuries, and lingual nerve injuries. Due to the nature of facial nerve injuries, there is a great deal of pain, numbness, and quite frankly disbelief. All of these reactions are real and normal and I do my best to address them with each client that I represent in this area of law.