What to do if on a recent visit my dentist performed a lot of tests on me that have nothing to do with my teeth and now I’m in pain?

He then performed a cold laser treatment on my neck. Now I’m in constant pain and have very limited movement in my neck; it pops every time I turn my head. What should I do?

Asked on October 15, 2014 under Malpractice Law, Kentucky

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

If the dentist caused you pain through negligence (carelessness) or otherwise through malpractice (medical care that does not meet current accepted standards for care), such as by administering unnecessary tests or tests/procedures that fall outside his speciality, then he could be liable for the medical costs (such as to correct the problem) you thereby incur as well as, if you have suffered serious life impairment for weeks or longer, possibly an award for your "pain and suffering." At present, it sounds like you don't know exactly what happened to you, how it can be corrected, what it will take to correct it, the cost to correct it, etc.; your first step is to seek the medical care which you seem to need anyway and, at that point, you'll have a sense for the potential claim or cause of action you may have. After doing that, you would then speak with a medical malpractice attorney to evaluate your claim.


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