You may submit a complaint to the West Virginia Dental Association. The Dental Association has a peer advisory panel that receives complaints from patients. Complaints can be submitted in writing to the following address:
West Virginia Dental Association Phone: 1 (304) 344-5246
2016 1/2 Kanawha Blvd., East Email: WVRDS@aol.com
Charleston, WV 25311 http://www.wvdental.org
You may also send a complaint to the state Dental Licensing Board at:
West Virginia Board of Dental Examiners Phone: 1 (877) 914-8266
PO Box 1447 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Crab Orchard, WV 25827 http://www.wvdentalboard.org
If neither the Dental Association nor the Dental Licensing Board is able to resolve the problem, you may file a lawsuit. At trial, expert testimony is required to establish that the dentist’s work was below a reasonable standard. Expert testimony is usually quite expensive and may be difficult to obtain for a number of reasons. If the damages you suffer are not significant, it may not be in your best interest to sue. However, if you have suffered serious and/or permanent injury consulting an attorney is the first step to protecting your rights.
For more information, see: W. Va. Code §§ 30-4-1 to -30 (2015); Fitzgerald v. Manning, 679 F.2d 341 (4th Cir. 1982).