Absolutely, you can. You can make claims for a deserved dental negligence compensation if you or your loved one have suffered avoidable harm, injury or complications as a result of negligent treatment during your visit to your dentist or other dental health professional.
To make claims, you need to demonstrate liability and causation. This means that you need to show that your dentist was indeed negligent and that his or her negligent action is the direct cause of the pain, injury or complications you are suffering.
Dental Negligence Claims
Dental negligence claims refers to where an individual sues his dentist for negligent or substandard treatment which has caused him or the loved one to suffer avoidable injury, unnecessary pain, emotional trauma or financial expenses.
If you think that your dental health professional provided you with substandard treatment and you have suffered avoidable harm as a result, then you may have a strong dental negligence compensation claim. The effects of dental negligence are not only limited to physical health but can also affect your financial status and mental wellbeing. These effects may even be life-altering and permanent.
About 40 million dental treatment procedures are carried out every year in the UK with the common cause of dental negligence claims according to the NHS being dental extractions (about 24% of all claims). Other common reasons for making dental negligence claims are root canal treatment (20% of all NHS dental negligence claims) and then filling treatments (17%).
What Is Dental Negligence?
Dental negligence or dental malpractice refers to actions or inactions, and substandard care from your dentist or other dental professionals which in turn causes you harm, injury or leads to other complications. Dental medical negligence includes misdiagnosis (incorrect diagnosis, missed diagnosis, late diagnosis), delayed treatment, wrong treatment, avoidable errors during dental surgeries or drug prescription errors.
Suing a dentist for acts of negligence may seem a very daunting task and this is why you need the services of dental negligence solicitors to assist you make a claim and give you the right legal advice for your claims. Dentists as other medical professionals are saddled with a duty of care towards their patients and therefore should ensure that their patients receive the right standard of care according to approved global health practices. Anything short of this may be negligent and its consequences- devastating.
Mistakes During Dental Treatment
There are several mistakes during dental treatment a dentist may make which can cause you to suffer unnecessarily and for these you may have strong grounds to make dental claims. These include;
- Extracting the wrong tooth
- Causing excess and avoidable damage to teeth
- Misdiagnosing a dental condition
- Delayed or completely missed diagnosis
- Wrong treatment
- Incorrectly fitting of dental prostheses
- Anesthesia mistakes
- Unnecessary dental nerve damage
- Wrong interpretation of dental x-rays or other test results.
- Misdiagnosed periodontal disease.
- Treatment mistakes leading to damage or loss of multiple teeth
These medical negligence dental cases and other similar dental negligence cases can lead to very serious health problems physically and psychologically. Also, the victim may suffer psychological and mental distress as a result of the negligent treatment.
This is why we are here for you if you or your loved one have been a victim of such negligent treatment. Our dental negligence NHS solicitors are friendly, understanding and dedicated. They will ensure that you get the right legal representation and win a deserved dental negligence compensation.
Dental Negligence Claims We Handle
The following are some of the dental negligence claims we undertake;
- Cosmetic Dentistry Claims
- Dental Nerve Damage Claims
- Oral Cancer Claims
- Periodontal Disease Claims
- Restorative Dentistry Claims
- Maxillofacial Dentistry Claims
- Dental Implant Negligence Claims
Why Should I Make A Claim For Dental Negligence?
When you make a claim for dental negligence, it is not only about being compensated monetarily but about seeking justice, redress and a change to the way things are done to avoid a recurrence of the negligent treatment. When you make medical negligence claims, it helps the NHS to make proper improvements so that another person does not suffer from such negligence again.
Also, when you make claims, you have a chance to obtain a deserving settlement payout for your pain and suffering. What you will receive as compensation will depend on the amount of pain you suffered, the severity of your injury, financial losses incurred as well as costs of medical expenses for further treatment.
Our expert dental legal advisors will be with you and support you every step of the way until you get the compensation you deserve.
Suing A Dentist
There are certain areas of medical negligence to be established before you can sue a doctor for negligence. You need to demonstrate that the dentist was directly responsible for the harm you suffered.
Therefore, you need to show that;
- That your dentist owed you a duty of care
- That your dentist breached that duty of care
- That the breach of duty has directly caused you to suffer avoidable pain or complications
- That you have also suffered other damages as a result of the negligent treatment
Making A Dental Negligence Claim
Our medical negligence solicitors specializing in dental negligence claims will explain to you what is involved in making a dental claim against your dentist. The general process of making your claims will include:
- Speak With Your Dental claims lawyer
- Fund Your Claim
- Gathers Facts and Information to prove your claims
- Establish Liability
- Negotiating Compensation Value
- Payment Of Dental Compensation
During our free consultation session, you will receive legal advice for your dental negligence compensation claims. We are dedicated to ensuring that your claims process is stress free for you. We therefore encourage you not to hesitate to come to us for a free assessment of your claims.
Dental Negligence Payout In The UK
Your dental negligence compensation amount is not fixed and will vary from one dental negligence case to another. Your dental settlement payout will depend on the specifics of your case and some factors which include:
- Severity of the injury
- Site of injury
- Damages caused to you by the injury
- Emotional distress
- Financial losses incurred
- Future Prognosis
- Expenses for medical appointments
Although there is no fixed compensation value, our dental negligence Liverpool solicitors can give you an idea of what you can get as settlement payout using our dental negligence claim calculator.
No Win No Fee Dental Negligence Claims
We undertake all our dental negligence compensation claims on a No Win No Fee basis also known as Conditional Fee Agreement.
This means that you are exempted from paying us to represent you throughout the entire negligence claims process. Also, you do not have to pay us even if the claim is not successful. We will however take out 25% of your compensation amount as success fee when the case is won while you receive the rest.
How long does a dental negligence claim take?
There is no fixed time for how long your dental negligence claim will take. Most negligence claims which do not get to court take between 18months to 2 years to settle. However, if the claims get to court, then it may take more than 3years to settle.
We boast an enviable record of settling claims quickly without having to go to court. Also, most NHS trials do not end up in a trial. In 2019/20, only 0.6% of NHS claims went to a trial.
Furthermore, please note that you have only three years from the date of negligence to make your dental negligence claims. This is according to the Limitation Act of 1980.
Only children under 18 and physically or mentally incapacitated persons are exempted from this rule.
We encourage you to reach out to us for a free claims assessment or for further enquiries you may have about your claims.