According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), nearly 50,000 people are
diagnosed with oral cancer every year. These conditions are not limited
to one part of the mouth; they can affect areas such as the tongue, tonsils,
and gums. If a medical professional encounters symptoms or warning signs
of oral cancer in any area but fails to take any corrective action, patients
may have a
medical malpractice case on their hands.
A cancer diagnosis can be devastating; however, the earlier a treatment
begins, the better chance a patient has to overcome the condition. This
can be especially true for oral cancers, many of which can be fatal if
not treated aggressively. Needless to say, early detection is key. If
recommended bi-annual checkups are a patient’s only interaction
with a dentist, one or two missed diagnoses can postpone a critically
needed cancer treatment for a year or more.
What Are a Dentist’s Responsibilities?
While visiting the doctor can be difficult, it is an important step in
maintaining your oral health. Dentists and other medical professionals
have a duty of care to protect not only your pearly whites but also to
safeguard from deadly threats such as cancer. Part of a comprehensive
dental exam or checkup involves screening for exactly these types of threats.
If a dentist discovers anything suspicious, they have a responsibility
to inform you, schedule additional examinations, or recommend you to a
specialist for treatment.
When a dentist fails to uphold their duty of care and a patient suffers
as a result, victims may be able to take legal action in the form of a
medical malpractice claim. Generally, in a malpractice claim, it must
be shown that the victim regularly saw a doctor, that the doctor acted
negligently in their treatment, and that the patient suffered damages
as a direct result of the doctor’s negligence.
About Goodman Acker P.C.
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