If you’ve suffered damage to the lingual nerve or other nerves in the head, mouth and face due to the careless mistake of a dentist or oral surgeon, you may be able to collect compensation for the damage caused by their negligence, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Sadly, the dentist’s insurance company is often reluctant to make fair compensation to a person injured due to the negligence of one of their policyholders. That’s why you need someone like Tampa dental malpractice lawyer Lisa Levine by your side.
Lisa Levine is a highly regarded Tampa medical malpractice attorney who represents the victims of negligent dental health professionals. She has helped hundreds of clients in Tampa, Chapel, Clearwater, Largo, St Petersburg, Brandon, Riverview, Plant City, Lakeland, Palm Harbor, Bradenton, Tarpon Springs and other Florida Gulf Coast communities obtain millions of dollars in compensation after they were injured due to preventable medical errors, such as damage to the lingual nerve during dental work.
What Is The Lingual Nerve?
The lingual nerve is part of the mandibular nerve. The mandibular nerve covers roughly the bottom third of the face. It carries sensation from the chin, jaw, and lower portion of the inside of the mouth as well as sending signals of sensation to the brain. It doesn’t carry sweet, salty, sour or bitter taste sensations; the mandibular nerve tells the brain if the food is too hot or if there are other problems with it.
If these nerves become damaged or disturbed, the results can be extremely painful.
Lingual Nerve Damage
The lingual nerve runs from roughly under the tongue to near the brain and is extremely important for facial sensation. Due its position in the mouth, it can easily become damaged during certain dental procedures, such as:
- Removal of wisdom teeth
- Implant placement
- Removal of molars
- Inferior dental block injections
- Removal of tumors
When the lingual nerve is damaged, the patient may feel pain on the tongue or on the inside of the cheeks. It can be a burning pain or a dull pain. The patient may also feel altered sensation in the mouth.
If you start to notice pain after dental work, it is important to document that pain, and contact the offices of Tampa dental malpractice attorney Lisa Levine as soon as possible. The steps you take once you notice a problem will have a big effect on how much you’ll be able to recover.
Get the Compensation You Deserve With the Help of a Tampa Dental Malpractice Attorney
In some cases, the damage to the lingual nerve can only be reversed through surgery. This is an expensive procedure that will require the patient to miss work. Follow up visits will be required. And of course, there will be pain and suffering.
A Tampa dental malpractice lawsuit is just like any other medical malpractice lawsuit. In order to prevail, you must be able to prove that:
- A doctor/patient relationship existed;
- The dentist was negligent in their action;
- This negligence was responsible for the injury to your lingual nerve;
- You’ve suffered damages as a result of this injury.
Lisa S. Levine P.A is an experienced Tampa dental medical malpractice attorney who not only knows how to collect the evidence needed to establish proof of dental malpractice, but also how to use this information to negotiate with the insurance companies to get the biggest possible settlement for her clients.
If you suffered damage to your lingual nerve after oral surgery or having any form of dental work done in the Tampa area, call 954-256-1820 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.