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The dentist I saw gave me an estimate of $12k, after seeing…

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The dentist I saw gave me an estimate of $12k, after seeing both X-rays and fiber optic views of my teeth. Total bill wound up being $46k. What kind of lawyer do I need to pursue a claim against him?

Lawyer's Assistant: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.

North Carolina

Lawyer's Assistant: Has anything been filed or reported?

No. I have documentation of both estimate and actual charges

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

Can't think of anything. That's the bones of it.

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Did you have a written contract with the dentist? If yes, did it specify any provision for going over the estimate?

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Not a contract, just the written estimate.

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