What is dental negligence?
Dental negligence is when any type of treatment you receive falls below the expected standard level of care. Examples of this include:
- Damage to teeth
- Dental nerve damage
- Delayed or incorrect diagnosis
- Extraction of the wrong tooth
- Mistakes during cosmetic dentistry
- Damage to the root canal/substandard root canal work
- Periodontal disease
- Scarring to the face and/or mouth
If the list above doesn’t include your experience, don’t worry, it is still likely that we will be able to assist you. Get in touch today either call us on 08000 250 250 or fill out our online form and we’ll call you.
What type of injuries can I claim for from dental negligence?
As there are so many ways a dentist can be negligent there are various different ways a person can be injured. However, it is not just your dentist that can lead to an injury or accident occurring. Even though it is your dentist that will carry out the majority of your dental work for you, you are also owed a duty of care by anyone working in the practice providing your dental treatment or advice such as orthodontists, dental nurses, dental therapists and hygienists.
If you have suffered dental negligence due to poor treatment or advice then contact us today on 08000 250 250, it is likely that we can help as long as your dental negligence has caused you pain and suffering, however, some examples of the types of injuries sustained due to dental negligence are:
- Incorrect fitting of crowns or bridges causing discomfort, pain and the crown/bridge to not last as long as it should
- Oral surgery mistakes, if you weren’t informed of all the risks prior to deciding if you want to proceed with the treatment and you were injured e.g. damage to the teeth, gums or facial/mouth scarring
- Negligent root canal treatment, causing issues such as fractured teeth, failing to remove all of the bacteria and causing an infection
If we haven’t stated something similar to your circumstances in our examples don’t worry, it doesn’t mean you haven’t got a claim, there are many injuries you can sustain, the best way to find out if you have a claim is to contact our legal advice team on 08000 250 250, we can tell you in one quick and easy phone call whether you have a claim or not.
How will I prove I have suffered due to dental negligence?
No matter what type of negligence you suffered, substandard dental work, misdiagnosis or care that wasn’t up to the levels of expected standard, proving it follows the same process. You are owed a duty of care from your dental practitioner, they need to ensure they provide you with the correct treatment and perform the treatment with a high standard.
In order to evidence your claim you must be able to prove the following:
- Your dental practitioner owed you a duty of care, meaning they have accepted you as their patient and/or have agreed to provide treatment to you
- The duty of care has been breached, meaning that your provider has made a mistake
- Once the above two points have been proven, you then must show that the breach of the duty of care owed to you by your dental practitioner was the cause of the injury you have sustained
If you’d like to discuss more the evidence you may have or find out how you can gather the evidence required then contact our team today on 08000 250 250. Our legally trained advisors will be able to ensure you have all the information you need and can guide you through the entire process. If you’re ready to claim we can get everything up and running for you in one quick and easy phone call.
Why should I make a dental negligence claim?
Going to the dentist is a common phobia and can be very stressful for people. We know that when attending an appointment with any medical professional we put our trust in them, therefore, when someone breaks this trust it is difficult to come to terms with, especially when it results in your symptoms becoming worse due to the mistake or lack of action taken.
As well as causing pain, dental negligence can leave you with life-changing injuries. All dental professionals owe you a legal duty of care to ensure your safety, therefore, it is their responsibility to take the reasonable steps to avoid causing harm to you.
If your dentist hasn’t maintained their duty of care owed to you and you have been harmed due to this then, we can help.
Although making a claim may seem like the last thing you want to think of and we understand it is important to focus on your recovery, but we have seen the positive impact claiming the compensation you deserve can make, by helping you financially whilst you recover and also for the future.
If you feel like you want to make a claim or find out more before you make your decision then contact our team today on 08000 250 250.
How can compensation help me?
Understandably, making a compensation claim might be the last thing on your mind due to the difficult time caused by the dental negligence you have suffered. However, making a dental negligence claim can give you access to the help and support you need.
Your solicitor, when building your dental negligence claim, will ensure that the other party fully understands the entirety of the effects your injury and the impact that these have had on yours and your loved one’s lives. This will ensure they recover the maximum amount of compensation that you need and are entitled to.
Dental negligence can cause pain and complications that can lead to a substantial amount of time off work with reduced pay leaving you with difficulties when it comes to paying your bills and funding any further dental treatment you may end up having to receive to rectify your injuries.
Compensation cannot take away what has happened but it can help you gain your independence back and help you take the first steps to get back to normal.
Also, when claiming your compensation, your solicitor will consider the effects your injury has had on your family, covering additional things like travel, accommodation and if they have provided care to you due to the injury.
I want to make a claim, where do I start?
If you want to start your personal compensation claim today then contact our legal advice team, we will be able to guide you further on the process, answer any questions you may have and assess your claim. All of our calls are free and confidential with no-obligation.
No pressure will ever be put on you to make a claim but if you do decide you want to proceed with our services we can get your claim set up today with one of our experienced specialist solicitors who have a proven success rate.
We will tell you if we can work on your claim on a No Win No Fee basis so you don’t need to worry about any more financial stress whilst recovering.
Get in touch today on 08000 250 250, we can get your claim up and running in one quick and easy phone call.