What to do if my wife went to go see a dentist for a root canal and during the procedure he broke a piece of tooling of in her tooth?

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What to do if my wife went to go see a dentist for a root canal and during the procedure he broke a piece of tooling of in her tooth?

He said he could not do the root canal and that no standard dentist could either. He said we need to go to a specialist to remove the tooling and finish the root canal. This ended up costing us alot more than it should have as a specialist would and our insurance does not have that kind of specialist in its network. The dentist refuses to pay any of the difference. meanwhile my wifes procedure is not even finished and we are not sure what to do as we cannot really even afford the current bill given to us from the specialist. Are we out of luck or is there something we can do?

Asked on June 25, 2013 under Malpractice Law, Minnesota

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

In order to sue for malpratcie there must be an injury that is caused either intentionally or due to negligence. Under this fact pattern you may have a claim. At this point, you should seek legal representaion and consult with an attorney who specializes in such cases. Most consultations of this type are free. You should not delay since there are strict time limitations (i.e. "statutes of limitations") in initiating legal action of this type.

Matthew Majeski / Majeski Law, LLC

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

I suggest contacting a Minnesota Medical Malpractice / Personal Injury attorney to review your case.  Personal injury attorneys very often review cases on a contigency fee basis, so they many will grant you an initial review at no cost to you and to let you know whether he or she thinks the case is worth pursuing.


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