Why make a dental negligence claim?
When you seek medical advice, you’re in a position of trust. If someone betrays this trust and your symptoms are made worse through inaction or by mistake, then this can feel wrong.
Dental negligence causes pain. And it can leave you unable to carry on with your everyday life – in some cases, your injuries may even be life changing.
All dental professionals have a legal ‘duty of care’ to keep you safe.
This is their obligation to you to make sure they take reasonable care to avoid causing you harm.
If your dentist has failed in their duty of care to you, then the effects on your life can be significant. We can help you make it right.
Making a dental negligence claim can seem daunting, but we’ve seen how much claiming compensation can make to people’s lives. It can give you the financial support you need during your recovery and into the future and get you the apology you deserve.
You may be ready to start a claim, or need advice on your next steps. Either way we can help. For free, impartial advice you can get in touch with us on 0800 376 0150.
What counts as dental negligence?
If you’ve experienced any of the following examples of dental negligence, you might be able to make a compensation claim:
- Delayed diagnosis: It’s important for your dentist to identify problems as quickly as possible. If they haven’t, this can delay treatment and make the problem worse
- Incorrect treatment: For example, if the wrong tooth was removed
- Misdiagnosis: If your dental problem is misdiagnosed, this can lead to unnecessary treatment and more complications
- Poor standard of treatment: If your dentist or orthodontist has carried out the treatment poorly, causing further injury
If your experience isn’t listed above, then don’t worry – it’s likely we’re still able to help you. Call us on 0800 376 0150 to find out how.
Types of dental negligence injuries
Even though your dentist often carries out most of your dental work, injuries or accidents can happen when being treated by orthodontists, hygienists, dental nurses and dental therapists, or anyone else who gives you dental treatment or advice. We can help in any of these cases.
We’ve outlined some examples of complications caused by dental negligence below.
Negligent root canal treatment
Root canal treatment is very common and is usually carried out to treat tooth decay, a leaky filling, or an infection caused by damaged teeth.
In the vast majority of cases, the procedure goes without any problems at all. But dental negligence can cause complications such as fractured teeth, dental instrument residue, and failing to remove all the infected bacteria before attaching the crown.
Incorrect fitting of a crown or bridges
Crowns cover a damaged tooth to provide extra strength and protection. Bridges are tooth-shaped structures that fill gaps where teeth are missing. If these aren’t fitted properly, they can cause discomfort or not last as long as they should.
Mistakes during oral surgery
When you have oral surgery, all the risks should be clearly explained to you beforehand so that you can decide whether you’d like to go ahead with the treatment.
If you were injured during surgery and were not warned about the risk, you may be able to make a compensation claim. You may also be able to claim if your dentist made a mistake during your oral surgery.
How your compensation could help
We know that making a compensation claim might not be the first thing on your mind at such a difficult time. But making a claim after suffering for dental negligence can give you access to the support you need.
When putting together your dental negligence claim, our specialist solicitors will make sure they understand the effects your injury has had on you and those around you. This is so they can make sure you get all the compensation you need and are entitled too.
The pain and complications caused by dental negligence may have caused you to take time off work with reduced pay, and this can leave you unable to pay the bills. Especially if you’ve had to pay for dental treatment to put your injuries right.
We know that spending time at home recovering can also be lonely and depressing, and it can feel like you’ll never get your independence back.
Your compensation can’t take your injury away, but it can help you take the first steps to getting things back to how they were before, or as close as possible.
Your solicitor will also take into consideration the wider effects your injury has had on your family. For example, it could cover their travel and accommodation costs and the time they’ve given to provide you with care.
Contact us for free, impartial advice
We have 25 years’ experience helping people to make personal injury claims. We understand how anxious, stressed or wronged you’ll be feeling following your injury.
When you call us we’ll help you:
- Understand whether you can claim, without any legal jargon
- Understand what to expect from the claims process
- By giving you free, impartial advice about starting a claim, and by listening to what you have to say
- By putting you forward to a trusted and experienced solicitor
Whether you decide to start a claim is entirely your choice. We’ll never pressure you or rush you into making a claim – we’re simply here to help.
If you’d like advice or to chat about the claims process, call us for free on 0800 376 0150.