Dental Negligence Claims
If you’ve had dental treatment which left you with an illness or injury, made an existing condition worse, or failed to identify a serious problem, you may be entitled to compensation. We aim to make the process as clear and simple as possible for you to establish the level of compensation that you’re entitled to.
Our specialist team provides expert legal advice in different languages to clients who have been involved in medical negligence claims, including those for dental negligence. They operate on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning that you won’t pay any fees unless your case is successful.
How can dental negligence claims arise?
When you receive treatment from a dental practitioner, they owe you a duty of care to ensure that you are treated safely and effectively. If they breach this duty through an error (such as giving incorrect treatment) or an omission (such as missing a clear symptom or failing to properly check your records before treatment), you may be entitled to claim for compensation.
The types of claim that can arise against dentists include:
- Missed or delayed diagnosis of issues such as periodontitis (gum disease)
- Failed cosmetic dentistry procedures such as tooth whitening, veneers and crowns
- Nerve damage following extractions
- Treating or extracting the wrong tooth
- Failed treatment meaning corrective treatment is required
- Incorrectly fitting implants
How much compensation might I receive for dental negligence?
The amount of compensation you receive very much depends on your specific circumstances. That’s why we recommend that you get in touch with us promptly so that we can discuss the details of your treatment and your potential claim with you.
You may be able to claim for the following if they are a direct result of your injuries:
- Compensation for distress and upheaval
- Loss of earnings and financial losses incurred
- Medical costs, prescription fees, care and rehabilitation costs
- Further dental treatment to correct the errors
- Travel expenses incurred
The level of compensation you receive will very much depend on the severity of the pain you experience and the long-term prognosis. Dental pain can easily become so severe that it isn’t possible to work until the problem is resolved. It can also be hard to sleep so the pain can often impact heavily on your personal life.
We will also explore your previous medical and dental history to see to what extent the problem was caused – or aggravated – by the treatment you received from your dentist. From there we can help you assess your future needs and work with you to agree the level of compensation that you may be entitled to as a result of your dentist’s negligence.
Do I have a valid claim for compensation?
If you can answer yes to all three of the following questions, we recommend that you contact us to discuss your circumstances further:
- Was the treatment within the last three years?
- Was someone else to blame for the injury or illness?
- Were you injured as a result of the treatment?
Answering ‘yes’ to all three doesn’t mean that a successful claim is certain. However, these questions are key to the claims process. Answering yes to all three does indicate that you have a greater chance of being entitled to claim. Getting prompt, specialist legal advice could be beneficial.
Because of the three-year time limit, it’s important that you contact us promptly so that we can start the process for you.
How do I begin a compensation claim for dental negligence?
Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. The first call typically takes about 15 minutes and in that time we can usually determine whether or not it’s realistic to pursue a claim for compensation.