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Dental Malpractice

Tacoma Attorneys Fight Dental Malpractice in Washington

Skilled legal team advances your case for full compensation

No one has ever confused a trip to the dentist with a day at the beach. But patients expect their dentists to address their issues competently without introducing complications that inflict pain, damage their teeth and, in many cases, threaten their lives. Since 1952, personal injury lawyers at Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler PLLC have fought for victims of medical and dental malpractice. Our accomplished attorneys draw on decades of experience to build a solid case for compensation for the full range of your injuries.

Experienced advocates familiar with dental procedure errors

Dental malpractice can produce tooth loss and other serious injuries requiring corrective surgery. Each year, infections from negligent dental procedures result in hospitalizations and numerous fatalities. Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler PLLC is prepared to fight for patients throughout Washington in cases involving:

  • Complications from tooth extractions — Negligent tooth extraction can cause serious injuries, including life-threatening infections, nerve damage, severed nerves, sinus perforation, jawbone fracture, and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). Dentists have also been known to mistakenly extract the wrong teeth.
  • Endodontic errors — Dentists performing procedures on the innermost part of the tooth, where the pulp and nerve reside, must be careful to prevent infections, nerve damage and common surgery errors, such as leaving implements in the tooth canal.
  • Dental implant errors — Botched implants may prove unrestorable or unstable and can impact the nerve, causing intense pain.
  • Substandard reconstructions — Patients have a right to expect that crowns and bridges will be functional, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing.
  • Failure to diagnose periodontal disease — Lax or nonexistent diagnostic procedures can allow disease to take hold, leading to tooth loss.
  • Orthodontic complications — Negligent orthodontics can produce root resorption, the breakdown or destruction of root structure, leading to tooth loss.
  • Anesthesia errors — Along with tooth extraction errors, this is the leading cause of wrongful death in dentistry.
  • Injection errors — A careless injection of a sedative directly into the nerve can cause permanent damage.
  • Adverse drug reactions — If a dentist fails to take a proper patient history, drugs the dentist should have known would cause severe harm might be administered.

Our legal team thoroughly investigates the circumstances of your dental injury to see if a dentist violated accepted protocols that might have prevented the harm you suffered.

Contact our Tacoma dental malpractice lawyers for representation throughout Washington

Dental malpractice is more than painful; it can be life-threatening. If you’ve suffered painful consequences from a dental procedure, our knowledgeable attorneys can assess whether you have grounds for legal action. Call Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler PLLC today at 253-383-5388 or contact our firm online to schedule a free consultation.

Are You a Victim of the MultiCare-Good Samaritan Hospital Hepatitis C Exposure?
Our firm is actively taking on representation of clients who were patients at MultieCare-Good Samaritan Hospital and were exposed to Hepatitis C and perhaps other diseases. We are investigating the actions of MultiCare and its employees as well as the MultiCare system itself that led to this crisis occurring.

If you have information about this incident, or previous incidences of MultiCare employees misusing narcotic medications intended for patients, or if you have legal questions about this matter and your rights, our lawyers are available to assist you at 253-383-5388.
Case Results
  • "Client was disabled from working in prior profession after sustaining a severe closed head injury and brain trauma in an automobile accident on Interstate 5. $7,845,000. "

  • "Pedestrian client was struck by semi-truck, and the trailer wheels rolled over client’s body causing severe injury. $1,145,000. "

  • "Client was involved in a head-on collision when a bus crossed the center line. Client suffered a severe closed head injury preventing him from returning to his previous employment. $884,998. "

  • "Client was involved in serious head-on collision with uninsured motorist while on-the-job, resulting in physical injury and posttraumatic stress disorder. Client can no longer work as a commercial truck driver. $708,000. "

  • "Client was a rear seat passenger in a vehicle that was involved in an automobile accident. Client was severely injured as the result of a defective seatbelt, while the other three occupants of the vehicle sustained only minor injuries. $650,000. "

  • "Client was killed in automobile accident caused by defendant’s failure to yield the right-of-way. $650,000. "

  • "Minor client was on his way to school and was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street in a marked crosswalk. Defendant driver had pulled into oncoming lane to pass another vehicle and struck client, causing serious injuries. $500,000. "

  • "Client was killed as a result of an in-cab fuel tank, which caught fire after an automobile accident. $350,000. "

  • "Client riding a bicycle was struck by a motorist who failed to yield the right-of-way. Client sustained numerous injuries, including a closed head injury. $120,000. "

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  • "I have been a client of Dan Kyler’s since 1996. Having had numerous car accidents, I rely upon Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler to help me through them. The most obscure questions have been answered and help is given on all levels. Thanks."

  • "John Wilson demonstrated his professionalism by keeping us current on our case, explaining our options, giving us realistic expectations and demonstrating the highest level of ethics and integrity beyond reproach. We have the highest confidence that we were well represented."

  • "Dan Hannula’s hard work helped to settle my auto accident case. "

  • "Having a motorcycle accident was bad enough, let alone dealing with insurance companies. John Wilson and his staff made everything easy to understand and hassle free. "

  • "I am extremely satisfied with the service I experienced with this firm and I would recommend them to anyone that needs legal representation. Michael Fisher and his staff are great people. "

  • "Vern Harkins perseverance and hard work made it possible to get the maximum settlement from the insurance company. I know he had my interest in mind as demonstrated by his actions. "

  • "The office staff were courteous, pleasant and kept me informed as to what was going on throughout the whole ordeal. "

  • "Molly Crowley is a very professional and knowledgeable lawyer. I felt I was very well represented!! "

  • "Molly Crowley was knowledgeable, kept me informed every step of the way and just did a great job! "

  • "We got a fair settlement and were treated with respect and dignity throughout the whole process. -Blake W. "

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