Over half of all dental malpractice settlements pay out under $10,000, according to the Chicago Tribune. The average payout for medical malpractice lawsuits overall, however, is around $275,000, claims the Christian Science Monitor.
Dental malpractice lawsuits are filed when negligent dental practice causes injury, such as nerve injuries, permanent injuries to the jaw, lips or tongue, or failure to detect diseases like oral cancer, according to LawyersAndSettlements.com. Some dental malpractice lawsuits do settle for large amounts of money. For example, one case settled for $450,000 due to failed bone grafts, and another settled at $350,000 for failure to diagnose cancer, notes law firm Meehan, Meehan & Gavin.