What if they do a procedure that they describe differently? For example I had posted about the so-called "gum surgery" I was told I was having the dentist said was required prior to doing the bridge, so I thought the procedure entailed cutting/moving my gum to make more room for the bridge to fit since it was supposed to be over a 4 teeth area.
AFTER the procedure she casually tells me she had sawed down part of my jaw! I freaked out and never went back, this was last July and to this day every 2-3 weeks the lady from the office calls asking me to sign papers that are so that I do not bring a lawsuit otherwise they threaten me they will not remove the charges for the bridge they had charged anyways even though I never got them. It was I either signed the release form or they would not remove the charges they had sent to collections for the bridge I never got.
Finally a week ago I succeeded in my dispute with the collection agency and had a 3rd party do an investigation as evidence I never had the bridge and forced them to remove the charges without signing the release form. I still have messages from their office on my answering machine saying that if I didn't sign the release forms they were not going to drop the charges for the bridge!
They don't care about me, yet I am putting so much thought if I should sue them. NONE of the "gum surgery" was covered by my insurance, after paying for it I couldn't afford the bridge and the INSURANCE COMPANY@@ after the fact deemed it was an unnecessary procedure when they too investigated about them charging me for the bridge I never got, and of course it helped that they sent a detailed letter clearly stating I never got the bridge and had their staff "legal" dentist sign off on it which helped me to get it removed from a collections account (had lowered my credit, messed it all up all for the dentists greedy reasons).
Dentists should not take advantage of patients who do not know about dentistry and should stop performing procedures without thoroughly explaining them to their patient, and basically should stop screwing them over. If it takes a court to teach some of the dentists about this, then that's what it takes for them to stop. I'm all in favor of lawsuits when there is injustice involved. It keeps people in check who otherwise get away with whatever they want to.
As far as a dentist pulling the wrong tooth that could have been fixed, not clear on what you mean ohhhHummm. Do you mean another tooth was the one that was supposed to have been pulled, and the one that got pulled was the one that was supposed to have been fixed, so it was a mix-up? Or did you get your tooth pulled because your dentist thought it couldn't be saved, but another dentist told you it could have?
If it was an honest case of bad judgement, then I think the dentist doesn't deserve to get sued and desrves some slack, especially since they would make more money from a "fixing" procedure than pulling it out. But if it's the first case where they made a big mistake like mixing up the procedures on what to do to which tooth, then you might be entitiled to have things settled in court if the dentist doesn't want to settle with you outside of it. If someone accidentally doesn't stop at a stop sign, the cop doesn't say well, it was a mistake they won't do again.Instead he writes up a citation so they'll be more careful next time - a win-win situation for the driver to be more careful and for other drivers not to get into an accident by his careless driving.