Injury sustained during dental treatment can be painful and traumatic. If you have suffered an injury at the hands of a dental health professional because of medical negligence, you may be entitled to a dental negligence claim.
What is Dental Negligence?
Dental negligence is a term that describes any injury directly caused, or worsened, by a dental health professional. Dental Negligence Claims can be made if you have suffered physical injury, financial loss or your well-being has been impacted because of an error by a dentist when diagnosing or treating you.
You may be able to make a dental negligence compensation claim if you have suffered any of the following:
Surgical error: If something goes wrong during your surgical procedure and you suffer an injury as a result, you may have a valid ground to make a compensation claim.
Poorly managed anesthetic process: If local or general anesthetic is required during a surgical procedure, and its application causes you injury, you may have a valid ground for a compensation claim.
Misdiagnosis: Your dentist owes you a duty of care. To fulfill this duty, they must promptly and accurately diagnose a condition. Delayed diagnosis can worsen the problem.
Incorrect treatment: If, for instance, a dentist applies excessive force during treatment and this has caused you injury, you may be able to make a compensation claim.
Inadequate care: If you have received poor medical care while undertaking treatment at the hands of your dentist, or after a dental procedure, and have suffered an injury as a result, you can make a claim.
If your experience is not discussed above, then do not worry. Get in touch with us today, as our medico-legal experts will talk you through your situation and see if we can help. Call us on 0800 644 4240 for an instant, no obligation advice from our friendly solicitors.
Making a Dental Negligence Compensation Claim
If you think that the injury you suffered was a result of dental negligence, then there are a few things you can do to prepare for a compensation claim.
As is the case with any legal process requiring adjudication, both parties must present evidence, to either prove or disprove the allegation. So, your chances of a successful claim will be enhanced if your dental negligence solicitor is well-prepared to represent you. However, before contacting a solicitor, you must be prepared to; here are a few things you can do:
Document your injury: When you visit a dentist or hospital to have your injury treated, ensure that you ask the doctor to document their opinion on the nature of your injury, how well you will recover and how long the recovery will likely take.
Collect information: If possible, note the names of any dental staff that assisted your doctor during the dental procedure. Also find out the name of the management of the dental clinic if it is a private healthcare service or a cosmetic clinic.
Document the financial impact: If you have had to reduce your work hours or even miss out entirely, sorted medical bills or had to embark on trips which you have paid for, document all these. Your solicitor will include them as part of your claim for dental negligence compensation.
Contact a solicitor: With all the facts available, it is time to get in touch with a solicitor to discuss the validity of your claim.
How to Start a Dental Negligence Claim
If you are considering a dental negligence compensation claim, call us on 0800 844 4240 to get in touch with us. We offer a free, no obligation initial consultation during which we will try to capture all the facts about the injury you have suffered.
Armed with these facts, we will let you know whether we think you have a strong chance of making a claim for dental negligence compensation. If we believe the prospect of making a claim is high, we will advice you on the next step to take.
What Can I Claim for Due to Dental Negligence?
Making a dental negligence claim for compensation involves claiming damages to meet tangible and intangible costs. While some damages like medical bills are pretty straightforward to calculate, others are not as simple. For instance, how do you place monetary value on pain and suffering?
Well, the good news is that there are judicial guidelines that provide a structure through which value can be attached to the distress caused by an illness or injury due to negligence. Dental negligence claims generally comprise of one or more of the following:
General Damages: This covers the physical impact of the injury, such as the pain, loss of mobility and psychological trauma you have suffered.
Special Damages: This compensates for the out-of-pocket expenses you have incurred as a result of the negligent treatment you suffered.
Loss of earnings: If you had to miss work due to the injury, and this took a hit on your income, then you can make a claim for this. You can also make a compensation claim if the injury will likely affect your future earning potential.
Travel costs: If you have had to embark on injury related trips, such as visiting your doctor or solicitor, these costs can be claimed.
Medical expenses: You can make claims for out-of-pocket expenses made for both past and ongoing treatment you are receiving for the injury.
These are some of the most common damages you can claim for. There are some less common ones, and if we believe your claim falls into any one of these categories, we will let you know.
How Much Compensation Can I Expect for a Dental Negligence Claim?
|Cheekbone injury||Minor to Severe||Ranging from minor fractures to permanent bone loss due to badly executed surgery||£1,700 – £12,000|
|Damaged teeth||Minor to Severe||Short-term to long-term damage to single tooth, or multiple.||£800 – £29,000|
|Jaw injury||Minor to Sever||Ranging from minor fractures to permanent bone loss due to badly executed surgery||£5,000 – £34,000|
As noted earlier, you can make claims for a wide range of damages. The figures listed above do not include damage such as loss of earnings, among others.
Making a Dental Negligence Claim Against the NHS
Dental negligence claims against the NHS are typically complex, and navigating the process can be difficult. As a result, you need the support of solicitors who are medical negligence experts to manage the process for you.
With lots of experience in pursuing claims against governmental bodies, such as the NHS, we can help you navigate the red tape. Our medical negligence experts will help you accelerate the dental negligence NHS process as quickly as possible.
How Long Will My Dental Negligence Claim Take?
Every dental negligence case is unique. So, the amount of time a claim takes will largely depend on the severity of the injury you suffered and whether the alleged party accepts responsibility. However, dental negligence claims generally take between six months and a few years before a settlement is reached.
No Win No Fee Dental Negligence Claims
The vast majority of dental negligence claims we handle are funded through a No Win No Fee Medical Negligence. This means that you do not have to pay any upfront fees and you incur no costs if your claim is unsuccessful. You can rest assured we will walk you through the claims process so you know how much compensation you can expect to receive.
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Why Choose Us?
Our medical negligence experts understand what you are going through and will support you through the entire claims process. We will also seek advice from medical professionals to ensure you receive the maximum settlement you deserve.
We also realize that understanding why the negligence happened is important too. Our Medical Negligence Liverpool solicitors will work to get an explanation and apology from your dental health professional for the negligence you suffered.
For a free, no obligation advice about your dental negligence claim, please call us on 0800 844 4240 or get in touch with us online and we will call you as soon as possible.