You may have a case that the contract was breached by the dentist since he or she negligently performed the work causing you to have a bruise that has lasted more than 10 days. You would need to prove that this standard of care is negligent in relation to the profession, however, which may be difficult, since there doesn’t appear to have been any mistake as far as the actual dental procedure went, just the placement of the shot.
Additionally, assuming that the bruise will go away eventually, and likely within the next few days, your lack of permanent damages due to negligent care would be unlikely to cause a breach by the dentist allowing you for a full refund of services you’ve yet to receive.
Your second option would be to breach the contract anyway and demand that your money be returned. Since there was no contractual language other than the invoice, you should be able to recoup most of the remaining contractual price, assuming that the dentist (and clinic) can mitigate their damages substantially enough by finding other patients to fill in the slots that you were scheduled for. Still, considering your contact with them, they would be unlikely to simply refund your money, and you may have to take them to court to receive (the majority of) your money back.
In California, you can sue for up to $10,000 in small claims
court, however, so you wouldn’t need an attorney and can file the case yourself and represent yourself against the dental clinic.
You can find the appropriate forms and information online here:
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