Q: Can I sue an insurance company for misinformation leading to my teeth being extracted?
The insurance company, which was funded by the state of Pennsylvania, informed me that my insurance would soon end. I could not afford dental insurance, being widowed and felt that there was no other choice but to have the extractions performed and dentures made. The dentist that they sent me to was a two hour drive. The dentures look nothing like my own even though impressions were made prior to the extractions, the dentist who provided the dentures told me that a healing period would take approximately six month, although, when I called to make a follow up appointment the staff told me that I had only had a three month window. The insurance responded to most of my complaints and inquiries by repeating my information and stating that they couldn't do anything to remedy the situation since I no longer had dental insurance.
A: You outline a number of issues here. A starting point might be to see if a Pennsylvania attorney could give you a free initial consultation regarding whether the termination of insurance benefits was proper. Additionally, because of the financial situation you describe, there could be a non-legal issue worth exploring, which is whether you qualify for any other form of government sponsored health insurance that includes dental benefits.
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