The facts and circumstances which lead to a dental injury are different in every case, and an Oklahoma mouth injury lawyer can provide specific guidance only after engaging in a fact-intensive analysis. Furthermore, the worth of your personal injury case will ultimately be decided by a jury. To schedule a free legal consultation with an experienced Oklahoma City dental malpractice attorney, call the law offices of Hasbrook & Hasbrook at (405) 698-3040 right away.
Types and Causes of Mouth, Lip, Tongue, and Tooth Injuries
Traumatic dental injuries are among the most painful and costly injuries to repair. However, if your injury was caused by the careless actions of another person, you may be able to recover compensation for your expenses. The Oklahoma City tooth injury lawyers of Hasbrook & Hasbrook have more than 75 years of combined experience handling teeth, tongue, mouth, and lip injuries caused by:
- Animal Attacks
- Bicycle Accidents
- Bus Accidents
- Car Accidents
- Dental Malpractice
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Truck Accidents
Our law firm handles claims and lawsuits involving a wide range of serious oral injuries, including:
- Broken Tooth
- Chipped Tooth
- Cracked Tooth
- Faulty Crowns
- Faulty Dental Bridges
- Faulty Fillings
- Faulty Implants
- Faulty Root Canal
- Failure to Diagnose Oral Cancer/Tumors
- Oropharyngeal Cancer
- Salivary Gland Cancer
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma
- Verrucous Carcinoma
- Gum Injuries
- Improper Tooth Extractions
- Lip Injuries
- Nerve Damage
- Scarring and Disfigurement
- Sinus Puncture/Perforation
- Tongue Injuries
How Much Compensation is Available to Accident Victims Suffering Oral Injuries?
Negligence and recklessness are extremely important concepts in personal injury law. When a person is negligent, it means they failed to take the appropriate precautions necessary to avoid or minimize the risk of a foreseeable accident. When a person is reckless, it means they disregarded a substantial and unjustifiable risk of death or injury.
If you were the victim of another person’s reckless or negligent conduct, including your dentist or other healthcare professionals, you may be able to recover compensation, which is also referred to as “damages,” for a number of expenses and losses. These expenses and losses include:
- Your medical bills, dental bills, and/or hospital bills, including anticipated future medical expenses.
- The income you lost due to being out of work, including anticipated loss of income in the future.
- The pain and suffering you endured because of your injury.
Compensation for purely financial losses, such as medical bills, is called economic damages. Compensation for non-financial losses, such as pain and suffering, is called non-economic damages. Both economic and non-economic damages belong to a broader category of damages called compensatory damages, because the sole purpose of each is to compensate the victim for his or her hardships and losses.
The distinction between economic and non-economic damages is important because they are subject to different limits, which are called “damages caps.” While economic damages are not capped in Oklahoma, non-economic damages are limited to $350,000.
In some instances, it is also possible to obtain punitive damages. Unlike compensatory damages, which strictly compensate the victim, punitive damages punish the defendant for extreme misconduct. Punitive damages are not always available, but our attorneys will scrutinize every detail of your claim in pursuit of the greatest compensation possible for your injuries. Depending on the circumstances, punitive damages are subject to differing limits when awarded:
- $100,000 in situations where the defendant acted with “reckless disregard for the rights of others.”
- $500,000 or no limit, depending on the details, in situations where the defendant “acted intentionally and with malice towards others.”
Factors that influence how much compensation you can recover for an oral injury in Oklahoma include:
- The severity of the dental trauma or mouth injury.
- The duration or permanence of the injury.
- The medical costs, both past and anticipated, resulting from the injury.
- The income you lost, both past and anticipated, due to the injury.
- The circumstances under which the accident or malpractice occurred.
Schedule a Free Consultation with Our Oklahoma City Personal Injury Attorneys
The personal injury attorneys of Hasbrook & Hasbrook have decades of experience representing the victims of dentist malpractice, auto accidents, accidental falls, and other types of accidents resulting in serious mouth and tooth injuries. We have extensive knowledge of how and why preventable injuries occur, and know what sort of evidence to look for when building a case. Often consulting with medical experts, we leave no stone unturned in our fight to recover the maximum compensation for injury and malpractice victims.
To set up a free, completely confidential legal consultation, call the law offices of Hasbrook & Hasbrook at (405) 698-3040. We’re here to help you understand your legal rights and pursue the full compensation for your losses and expenses. We handle injury claims in Oklahoma City, Shawnee, El Reno, Norman, Edmond, Moore, Stillwater, Chickasha, and other communities in the area.