How much can I sue if a dentist dropped the tooth he pulled into my throat?

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How much can I sue if a dentist dropped the tooth he pulled into my throat?

The hygienist did not wear gloves, very unsanitary. Then the dentist dropped the tooth down my throat. He eventually pulled it out but that could have killed me.

Asked on March 29, 2017 under Malpractice Law, Alaska


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

You can't sue for anything. The law does not provide compensation for what "could" have happened, since, after all, anything *could* happen--you could slip walking up stairs and break your neck, you could be hit by a city bus and killed, etc. The law only provides compensation for what did in fact happen. If you were, as we are glad to hear, not harmed and the tooth was removed, there is no injury to sue over, and not compensation to which you are entitled.

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