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Would it be wrong for me to send a letter of intent to sue? *long, sorry*

Posted by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 5:27 PM
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Question: Would you:

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Send letter of intent.

Let it go.


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I've been through a LOT since January 1st. TONS of DR's appointments, which ended up boiling down to be an infection in my jaw/gum area that spread to 3 teeth, thus causing tooth abscesses, surgery, and I need root canals on 3-4  teeth.

I found out this past Monday, that my DR believes this is in reference to dental work not being done properly in December. I went to a dentist December 3rd because I had a filling fall out, while there- they took full x-rays. I later went to the appointment to get the filling done, and he numbed the entire left side of my face, and worked on several teeth (upper and lower). While I thought it was nice that he did that, and I would've needed them done anyways, no one told me that I was getting several teeth worked on. The DR I saw Monday told me regardless that I would've gotten those teeth done anyways, that was a violation of my rights.

Taking you back a little bit, January 1st I started having jaw pain. I kept being bounced around with different diagnosis. I went to the dentist that I saw in December 3 times. All 3 times he continued to say I was fine. Well, I ended up at UCLA Hospital January 18th- I had been given a recommendation to a specialist (not by this dentist), and I decided to go even though they don't take my insurance. They did surgery, and I've had several follow ups. My last follow up was Monday, because I need to be put to sleep for these root canals because I lost the ability to open my mouth. So, I can't just get regular root canals.

While I was at the appointment at UCLA Monday, I was told by my DR that the dentist in Dec  did a slop job. He made all the fillings way too high, which messed up my bite and was the cause of the first sign of pain in my jaw. He filled in between teeth/filler was touching my gums, and that is what caused my gums to become inflamed. They lowered the fillings Monday, and unwedge the filler between the teeth/gums and I already feel a TON better. I still need root canals, I still can't open my mouth but my pain level has dropped immensely.

When I was getting ready to leave, this DR informed me that if it were him in that situation, he would consider talking to someone about getting help from that dentist with my expenses regarding getting all of this being fixed.

I am NOT one to jump at the first sign of something, but I've been to 4 DR's, 3 dentist, 2 endodontists, the ER, I've missed a ton of work, I've had surgery, and the root canals are needing to be done without insurance coverage because I need to be put to sleep and the hospital does not take my insurance. I'm out about $4000-5000 for this.

I've spoken with my health/dental insurance agent (actually, I spoke to him about this before I went to the DR's appointment, because he's a friend, not because he's my agent), and he  feels that malpractice could be taken very seriously in this case. He also asked me to call the insurance company directly, as this dentist is in-network, and he feels with my description, he would be immediately taken off the network.

I just feel like more often than not DR's have eachother's backs. So to actually hear this from a DR makes me take it a little more seriously.

My DH is all for this. He's seen how much pain I'm in, he's seen our saving dissipate over this, he's very upset about everything I've went through, understandably. But I'm not sure I agree that it would be worth it. I feel like lawyers, court costs, time, stress is just not worth it. However, my mom mentioned I could hire a lawyer for $500 or less, get their input and possibly write the dentist a letter of intent to sue. With that, the dentist could make a decision to just settle out of court, without ever going, or know that I've got the option and consideration of taking it to court.

I hope this made sense, I don't know if I did. If not, I can try my best to clarify things.

But, I just want to know what you ladies would do. Would you even consider having the letter written? Let it go?

by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 5:27 PM
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Samanthamommy
by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Bump. =)

1likeme
by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 5:42 PM

If I were in your situation I would sue for lost wages and medical expenses.

FlamingIguana
by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Writing a letter wouldn't hurt. But you might have a lawyer look it over before you send it anyway. If you do end up pursuing it, I think it would help in the long run.

Also, I know everybody is sue-happy now-a-days but you shouldn't let that scare you away. Good dental health is the key to good overall health so if he screwed up, he needs to be held accountable.

alberns303
by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 5:45 PM

I would sue.

3earthangels
by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 5:46 PM


Quoting 1likeme:

If I were in your situation I would sue for lost wages and medical expenses.

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LilGina
by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 5:47 PM

I would hire a lawyer to write the letter and hope he'll settle out of court. If you take him to court you will have to PROVE that all your problems were caused by him which will be hard to do.

Samanthamommy
by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 5:49 PM

I would definitely hire a lawyer to even write the letter. I do not believe I would be able to write it without my emotions getting involved.


Thank you for the input ladies!

Quoting FlamingIguana:

Writing a letter wouldn't hurt. But you might have a lawyer look it over before you send it anyway. If you do end up pursuing it, I think it would help in the long run.

Also, I know everybody is sue-happy now-a-days but you shouldn't let that scare you away. Good dental health is the key to good overall health so if he screwed up, he needs to be held accountable.


Samanthamommy
by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 6:02 PM

 I accidentally gave myself a charm, lol. Bumping because I added a poll.

Milaya2
by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 6:09 PM


Quoting FlamingIguana:

Writing a letter wouldn't hurt. But you might have a lawyer look it over before you send it anyway. If you do end up pursuing it, I think it would help in the long run.

Also, I know everybody is sue-happy now-a-days but you shouldn't let that scare you away. Good dental health is the key to good overall health so if he screwed up, he needs to be held accountable.

Keep all your documentation as well!  Anything and everything you can get your hands on if you don't have it already.

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carterscutie85
by *Shanny's Stalker* on Feb. 9, 2011 at 6:12 PM

I would sue but I would wait until u talk to a lawyer before u write any letter of intent to sue. IDK if that is the right thing to do or if your lawyer should do that.

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