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Dental Negligence Claims
Tooth extractions, implants or simply a routine dental checkup – there are plenty of reasons why you may need a dental visit. A dentist can prevent small issues from progressing to huge problems and, if a big problem already exists, help you address them professionally. Unfortunately, mistakes happen and they can be painful and traumatic for the patient. If you have suffered an injury as a result of substandard care from a dentist, this may be deemed dental negligence.
What is Dental Negligence?
This can be defined as avoidable injury caused by a dental professional who fails to provide adequate care. Any case where a dental professional – including dental therapists, hygienists, orthodontists and dental nurses – performs poorly and causes a patient avoidable harm, the affected patient can make a dental negligence compensation claim.
A dental negligence claim is one type of medical negligence. As is the case with Medical Negligence Claims, you can make a dental claim if you have sustained any personal injury – including physical harm, pain or loss of earnings – due to the negligent care of a dentist.
What Constitutes Negligent Care by a Dental Professional?
Dental Negligence can take many different forms. Common examples include but are not limited to:
- Informed Consent
It is the responsibility of your dentist to inform you of any potential risks as well as side effects with your proposed treatment. If your dentist administers treatment without letting you know of these risks in advance and something goes wrong, you may be able to make a Dental Negligence Claim.
Whether through incompetence, misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose or below-par procedures, Dental Negligence may cause injury to the patient. This may involve incorrect teeth extraction, failure to diagnose decay, or severing a nerve.
- Serious Injury
Dental negligence can also cause serious harm to a patient, leading to life-altering injuries. A dental professional may cause a serious infection as a result of improper use of dental tools, failure to diagnose oral cancer and application of unsafe dental practices resulting in significant and even permanent injury. If you have suffered any of these, you may be entitled to make a dental negligence claim.
Other common causes of dental negligence include:
- Poor application of anesthetic
- Failing to check patient’s medical history before treatment
- Poor cosmetic work
- Problems resulting from insufficient qualification of staff
Making Dental Negligence Claim
For a successful dental negligence claims process, it is important that you get in touch with solicitors for dental claims who will help you establish a negligent act on the part of your dentist. Keep in mind that there are time limits for making a claim.
Medical Negligence Solicitors
If you have been let down by a dental professional, dental negligence claims solicitors can assist you pursue a claim for compensation. This compensation will cover the pain you have suffered, losses incurred and cost of medical care to repair the damage. Bringing your case to specialist Dental negligence solicitors gives you the best chance of securing the compensation you deserve. Even if the dental procedure which caused you injury is not stated above, medical negligence solicitors may still be able to assist you make a claim.
If you have suffered due to Dental Negligence, speak to one of our Dental Negligence compensation claims solicitors today. They will be able to provide you with a Free Claim Assessment today.
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How Much Can I Claim for Dental Negligence?
Every dental negligence claim is unique. The compensation award you will receive will largely depend on the extent of injury you have suffered and the cost of care required.
How Much Time Do I Have for the Claims Process?
If you believe you have a valid claim for Dental Negligence, your solicitor can advice you on the best course of action, as there are time limits for making claims in the UK. By law, claimants must make their claims within three years from the date the negligent act occurred or the date you first became aware of the injury due to negligence. However, there are exceptions:
The general three-year limit does not apply when:
- The injured person lacks the mental capacity to make a claim. A time limit does not apply until they are mentally capable.
- The injured person has passed away. The claim must now be made within three years of the death.
- The injured person is a child. The three-year limit only begins when the child turns 16 in Scotland and 18 in Wales and England.
Why Choose Medical Negligence Direct?
Our dedicated solicitors for dental claims understand what you are going through and will do everything to help you claim the compensation you deserve. We will provide the advice and compassionate support your care requires, even seeking the support of medical professionals to ensure you not only receive a compensation award, but get an apology from the erring dentist.
You can rest assured we will walk you through the dental negligence claims process and handle your claim with great care and utmost sensitivity.
Our Specialist Dental Negligence Solicitors are here to advise you today on a No obligation Basis. Simply Complete the Contact Form above or call us on 0800 644 4240.