Orthodontic Help After An Assault
When you have been injured because of an assault, the shock may be overwhelming. In most cases, you do not even see the attack coming and when you realize what is going to happen, it may be too late to properly defend yourself. If someone else has physically assaulted you, you are likely in the process of dealing with your personal injuries as well as working with an attorney to file a lawsuit against the person who assaulted you. Although there are many different types of injuries you can sustain in an assault, some of the most common are tooth, mouth, or jaw damage. When this is the case, you should work with an orthodontist as soon as possible after the assault (always deal with life-threatening injuries immediately) to see how an orthodontist can repair your injuries. Additionally, it is important to speak with your attorney and your orthodontist about how you can receive compensation for your orthodontic treatment during your case. If you were recently injured in an assault and need orthodontic treatment, contact an office immediately.
How will my attorney work with my orthodontist to estimate the value of my treatment?
Your attorney has the task of valuing your entire claim regarding any damages you suffered from the assault. This will include things like:
- Your physical injuries (medical and dental)
- Pain and Suffering
- Lost Wages
While it is not always easy to set a specific number to certain damages—pain and suffering—your attorney can work closely with your orthodontist throughout your treatment to get an exact number for the procedures they must go through to heal your mouth. Thus, your attorney is looking for the treatment process to heal your oral injuries as well as the extent of your damages.
Is there room for additional compensation aside from the exact amount for treatment?
Yes. While this can get murky, if your orthodontist cannot fix all your injuries and the way you eat, breathe, or drink is permanently altered because of the assault, it is possible that your orthodontic damages can also get tied into pain and suffering or permanent disability.
What do you need to prove when getting compensation for orthodontic treatment after an assault?
As with any type of personal injury, there are a few things your attorney will need to establish. For example:
- The defendant (the person who assaulted you) owed you a duty of care (not to hurt you).
- The defendant went against this duty.
- Your oral injuries were a direct result of the defendant assaulting you.
Types of Damage
When you see your orthodontist, you should let them know how you sustained your injuries. There are a number of injuries that you can get because of an assault, including:
- Chipped or Fractured Teeth
- Avulsed Tooth
- Tooth Intrusion
- Jaw Bone Damage
- Root Damage
Depending on your injuries, your orthodontist may be able to repair your original tooth or they may need to perform extensive treatment to repair your injuries.
If someone assaulted you and you need an orthodontist for your treatment and to help document your injuries for your legal case, please reach out to an orthodontist in San Clemente, CA to set up your appointment.
Thanks to John Redmond Orthodontics for their insight into dental repair and orthodontic help after an assault.