What is my dentist’s liability regarding a crown and too which broke due to my their negligence?

I went to the dentist 5 months ago; they said that I needed a crown. I had the crown done but about a month later the tooth and crown broke because the tooth was shaved too small. Now, I need to have surgery to correct this tooth, which is estimated $5,100. Is it possible to get the dental office to pay this?

Asked on November 10, 2015 under Malpractice Law, New Hampshire

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

If, as you say, the crown broke because the dentist did something wrong--i.e. shaved the tooth too small--then that may well be malpractice and the dentist could be liable for all the costs this malpractice caused (like the $5,100 in oral surgery) and possibly for some amount of pain and suffering, lost wages (if you missed work), etc. If they won't pay voluntarily, however, you'd have to sue; and malpractice suits can be expensive and complicated; you should speak with a medical malpractice attorney in detail to evaluate if this is an economically and practically viable claim.


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