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Dental Malpractice

Our offices specialize in cases involving negligent dental treatment that fall below the standard of care and include claims involving temporary or permanent nerve damage or nerve injury, improper dental implants, root canals, surgical extractions, failure to diagnose, and other negligent claims. Our office has litigated numerous dental malpractice cases that involve permanent dental injuries and improper dental treatment.

Dental providers are expected to use the skill and care that a reasonably careful dental professional would have used in similar circumstances in the surrounding area of where they practice. These dental professionals include dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, periodontists, and other specialists that provide dental care. The skill and care that reasonably careful dental providers use is referred to as the “standard of care” and our office routinely handles cases involving dental treatment that fall below this standard. The standard is determined by the surrounding area of where the dental provider practices, such as cities in San Mateo County (Redwood City, Foster City, etc.), San Francisco, Alameda County (Hayward, Livermore, Pleasanton, etc.), Santa Clara (Palo Alto, San Jose, etc.), and others. Therefore, it is important to have a local lawyer handling these claims.

Case Study By GFF

Galine, Frye & Fitting recently represented a young woman who suffered a permanent nerve injury after an improper extraction procedure was performed by a local dentist. The dentist’s care of our client caused her to suffer a lingual nerve injury because the nerve was severed when the tooth was extracted improperly. The dentist’s treatment of our client was below the standard of care because: (1) he performed the procedure without performing necessary diagnostic testing; (2) he should have referred the extraction to a specialist given the location of the tooth and its proximity to a nerve that runs along the jaw; (2) he utilized an extraction process that caused him to extract the tooth whole, rather than dissect it and remove it piece by piece, despite its close location to a nerve that runs along the jaw; and other improper dental care. The resulting injury to our client was that she had tongue numbness, tooth numbness, pain and discomfort in her teeth and jaw, could not distinguish between hot and cold, could not distinguish the taste of sour or sweet, and will likely suffer from these circumstances for the rest of her life. We filed a complaint alleging dental malpractice and professional malpractice and sought compensation on behalf of our client. After almost a year of litigation, including discovery, depositions of experts, and law and motion work, we were able to obtain her fair compensation on the eve of trial.

Another case we recently handled involved a failure to diagnose by the treating dentist. Our client had a cancerous lesion in his mouth that went undetected by his treating dentist. His dentist’s failure to recognize the cancerous lesion and failure to refer the case to a specialist for further diagnosis, caused our client to have significant painful and disfiguring surgical excisions in order to remove the cancer. Had the cancer been discovered earlier, the medical treatment would have been less invasive and less traumatic. Unfortunately, this was not the case.

Dental malpractice cases, especially serious injuries that may have caused a permanent condition, require expertise in the dental field. Our lawyers have the necessary skill and knowledge to evaluate your case and fight for fair and reasonable compensation.

Client Reviews
I retained Ilya Frangos of Galine, Frye & Fitting on a business litigation matter involving a frivolous lawsuit filed in federal court. Ilya guided me through the case and helped make sure that I understood the process… He always took the time to answer all my questions and helped put my mind at ease. I would highly recommend him and this firm!
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I called Mr Frye after my wife had passed away… John listened to my case over the phone, after aggreeing to represent me, handled everything from there… I have already recommended Mr Frye to a friend for help with a similiar case and would without reserve recommend him to anybody. He came highly recommended as an expert in these type cases, and I believe he demonstrated this personally. Jerry
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Chantel Fitting is as good as it gets. If you have been injured, need help and cant get what you know you deserve from one of the big insurance companies, then you have got to call Chantel. She will fight for you like it was her that was hurt… She cares. Call her. You wont be sorry you did. Cindy C.
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A great experience. Excellent law firm which treats their client's with the utmost respect. Very knowledgeable and made me fell extremely secure when handling my personal injury claim. Would highly recommend Galine, Frye and Fitting to handle your next case. Lisa D.
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I was fortunate enough to have been represented and retained by this law firm for my injuries sustained by an under insured motorist. I must say Chantel Fitting, Illya Frangos and Kimberly Levy went above and beyond trying to resolve my case… I would highly recommend this law firm and stop shopping around if you are looking for the best, as this is as good as it gets. Joanna K.
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