Dental injuries can be expensive to treat and can lead to the need for ongoing or future dental and medical care. Broken or chipped teeth, gum injuries, or other oral problems can be painful and lead to mounting medical and dental bills.
If another driver was negligent or careless, you can pursue a personal injury claim against the driver who is liable for your injuries. A personal injury attorney can help you get your claim on track.
A Dental Injury Could Have Lasting Effects
A car crash can lead to various dental injuries. Fractured or chipped teeth are common injuries from car accidents. Serious tooth damage might expose the pulp of the tooth. In those situations, a root canal would be necessary, and a crown must be utilized.
The average cost of a root canal and crown is about $3,000. If the tooth cannot be salvaged, an implant would be required and that costs even more per tooth.
If teeth are severely damaged, you could end up needing dental implants or even dentures. It could have a lasting effect on your appearance and your oral health.
You will miss work and you might have future absences from work because of the need for additional dental work and care. You will have mounting bills because of the need for dental care and work.
Determining The Other Driver’s Liability For The Crash That Caused A Dental Injury
Sometimes it is easy to determine fault for a crash. At other times, it can be much more difficult to determine who is liable for the damages that resulted.
You will need to provide a copy of the accident report, statements from witnesses, photos of the damages and accident scene, medical records, medical bills, and repair estimates to help support your claim.
If you can prove the other driver was negligent, you can have a successful personal injury claim. There are four elements of negligence – duty, breach of duty, causation and damages.
All drivers have a duty to adhere to traffic laws and drive safely. If a driver violates traffic laws, that duty was breached.
If that breach causes a crash, the third element of negligence has been met. The last element is to show that your injuries and damages wouldn’t have occurred if the accident hadn’t happened.
Consult With A Personal Injury Attorney
If you suffered dental injuries in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you should consult with a personal injury attorney who is licensed in your state.
An attorney can negotiate with the insurance company. If a fair settlement isn’t reached, then the attorney will represent you in court.
There is a strict time limit for pursuing claims, so if you wait too long you cannot get compensated for your losses. Personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis, so you have no out-of-pocket expenses.
Your lawyer will not be compensated until you get a judgment or settlement. Complete our Free Case Evaluation Form on this page today, so you can get your case review.