Bethesda Dental Malpractice Lawsuit

Garcia v. Dentist

(Filed August 1, 2016)

This is a dental malpractice case filed in Montgomery County on August 1, 2016. It is the 375th medical malpractice case filed in Maryland in 2016.

Summary of Plaintiff's Allegations

Plaintiff goes to defendant dentist for her general dentistry needs, including for radiographic studies, cleanings, periodontal maintenance, excavation of decay, and restorations. She lost one of her teeth before becoming a patient of defendant dentist, and defendant dentist persuades her that the only proper alternative for her was for her to prepare and seat a three-unit fixed bridge. Defendant dentist never suggests a dental implant and tells plaintiff that she is not a candidate for the implant.

Defendant dentist prepares the teeth surrounding the placement of the bridge. While doing this, defendant dentist allegedly shaves down each of the two teeth so far that it causes the plaintiff severe pain and sensation. Defendant dentist places the bridge.

As the plaintiff's pain continues, she goes to see an endodontist. She learns that her teeth were over-prepared and will need endodontic therapy. She has to have another dentist prepare a final bridge.

She brings a claim against defendant dentist, alleging the failure to inform her of alternative, appropriate treatments, for over-preparing the abutment teeth, and for failing to obtain proper consent. As a result, her two teeth would be unharmed still, and she would not have needed the endodontic therapy.

Additional Comments
  • The complaint says the Defendant persuaded Plaintiff that having these healthy teeth was the only path. It could have happened that way but the more typical scenario is the dentist just says "this is what we are going to do" and the patient listens to the expert. Even under this scenario, the dentist has an obligation to provide the patient will all of the reasonable alternatives.
  • The complaint does not offer many details, but it may be that the dentist shaved the teeth into the bone and hit the lingual nerve.
  • Like many dental malpractice cases, the damages in this case typically would not warrant the expense of a malpractice lawsuit unless the negligence is obvious.
  • We typically do not name the defendants in cases like this. Why? These are just allegations, and we do not want to become a part of a doctor's Google search without context. But we took a look at some of the reviews for this dentist. Some of them were just awful and they provide a high level of specificity.
Jurisdiction
  • Montgomery County
Defendants
  • A Bethesda dentist
Negligence
  • Departed from the accepted standards of dental care
  • Careless, reckless, and negligence
  • There is also an implied informed consent count (failure to advise patient that a (better) option was an implant and crown
Specific Counts Pled
  • Negligence
Plaintiff's Experts and Areas of Specialty
  • None filed with the complaint
Getting a Lawyer for Your Malpractice Claim

Dental MalpracticeIf you have suffered as a result of the negligence of a dentist, doctor, or hospital, our law firm can help you. You are entitled to justice and monetary compensation for the harm that has been done. Miller & Zois has a history of results in medical malpractice and dental negligence cases in Maryland, earning large verdicts and settlements. Call today to speak to a caring medical negligence attorney who can help you at 800-553-8082 or get a free online case review.

More Malpractice Claim Information
  • Dental malpractice information
  • More Maryland dental malpractice lawsuits
  • CALL our lawyers today at 800-553-8082 or get a free online case evaluation in malpractice injury and wrongful death cases

Contact Us For a Free Consultation

If you are hurt in a serious accident or are the victim of medical malpractice, contact our team of lawyers to discuss your case.
Call us now for help at (800) 553-8082

You can also get a FREE no obligation on-line consultation.

Client Reviews

  • They quite literally worked as hard as if not harder than the doctors to save our lives.
    ★★★★★
  • Ron helped me find a clear path that ended with my foot healing and a settlement that was much more than I hope for.
    ★★★★★
  • Hopefully I won't need it again but if I do, I have definitely found my lawyer for life and I would definitely recommend this office to anyone!
    ★★★★★
  • The last case I referred to them settled for $1.2 million.
    ★★★★★
  • I am so grateful that I was lucky to pick Miller & Zois.
    ★★★★★
  • The entire team from the intake Samantha to the lawyer himself (Ron Miller) has been really approachable.
    ★★★★★
  • The case settled and I got a lot more money than I expected. Ron even fought to reduce how much I owed in medical bills so I could get an even larger settlement.
    ★★★★★
  • Miller and Zois is the best firm in the state of Maryland, and without their support, understanding, and just being there when I needed encouragement, I truly do not know how I would have succeeded without them.
    ★★★★★