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No win, no fee dental negligence claims

No win, no fee

Be represented by a highly-experienced dental claims lawyer at no upfront cost to you. Under our No Win No Fee agreement you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of the compensation awarded if your case is successful, so it won’t cost you a penny to start a claim for dental negligence with us.

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What is dental negligence?

What is dental negligence?

If you have suffered serious pain, injury, illness, or trauma it could be due to negligent dental treatment.

From the wrong tooth being removed to more serious injuries resulting in permanent nerve damage, lifelong pain, or in some cases, the progression of mouth cancer, our dental negligence solicitors can help you.

Dental negligence compensation can help with the cost of rectifying your dentist’s mistakes to get your life back on track. It can help cover the cost of ongoing treatment and care and any loss of earnings which you may have incurred by taking time away from work.

Read how we secured £35,000 damages for Georgie Feder in a claim against her dentist for failing to properly care for her – causing excruciating pain and the loss of a number of teeth.

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Types of dental negligence

Types of dental negligence

Misdiagnosis: A false diagnosis or misdiagnosis occurs when a problem is misjudged, leading to worsening symptoms and unnecessary treatment, such as the removal of a healthy tooth due to error, or incorrect drugs being administered.

Delayed diagnosis: If your dentist takes too long to diagnose a problem with your oral health, to the point where avoidable complications occur. Delayed diagnosis can include delays in treating decay or acting upon signs of gum disease or delays in diagnosing serious conditions like abscesses, periodontal disease, and oral cancer.

Dental malpractice and substandard treatment: Malpractice can include things like inadequate fillings, crowns, or root canal treatment, incorrect fitting of implants, failed implants, nerve damage, or failure to offer suitable alternative treatment such as root canal treatment prior to extraction.

Poor long-term care: Prolonged inadequate treatment can have significant consequences, increasing the risk of serious health problems like premature tooth decay and periodontal disease.

Read how we secured £10,000 compensation for Faye Walters for poorly fitted veneers which cracked, caused gum damage, and had to be replaced.

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Why choose Hudgells?

Why choose Hudgells?
  • We campaign for greater regulation over dentistry and work hard to ensure the victims of substandard care are properly represented.
  • Our medical negligence solicitors and lawyers are experienced in all types of dental negligence and ensure clients are fully compensated for their unnecessary pain and loss.
  • We have a compassionate team who understand what you are going through and can help you access specialist support services.
  • We gather advice on your care needs and consult with medical professionals to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
  • Our lawyers work to get an explanation and an apology, which is often what our clients seek to achieve from their claim.

Read how we supported Guy Jackson through a successful claim for dental compensation.

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Claim the cost of remedial work

Claim the cost of remedial work

If you believe you’ve been a victim of negligent dental care, you may be able to claim compensation for;

  • General damages: For any pain and suffering you have experienced.
  • Expenses: Any expenses you’ve incurred as part of your claim. This may include further treatment, transport or prescriptions.
  • Loss of earnings: Due to time off work.
  • Remedial costs: For any treatment to repair the damage done by negligent treatment.

Read how a legal claim helped cover the cost of extensive remedial treatment for our client Vicky, after she needed 10 teeth removing due to negligent dental care.

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How to make a dental negligence claim

How to make a claim

Make a claim in six easy steps

Step 1

Free Initial Advice

Call us, request a callback or complete our online claim form and we will assess whether we think you have a claim.

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Step 2

Funding

We will help you to decide how best to fund your claim. Usually, we will be able to offer you a No win, No fee agreement.

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Step 3

Obtain Medical Records & Medical Reports

We will request copies of your medical records and instruct appropriate medical experts to prepare reports confirming whether your care was negligent and how this caused you injury.

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Step 4

Letter Of Claim

We will send a letter to your healthcare provider with details of your claim, setting out why we think your case was negligent and how this caused you injury.

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Step 5

Prepare Claim Valuation

We will put together a schedule of loss setting out the losses you have incurred and the extent of the injuries you have sustained.

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Step 6

Negotiate Settlement

We will send all the evidence to your opponent inviting their settlement proposals. If we cannot agree a reasonable settlement, we will prepare court proceedings.

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Alternatively, call us now on 01482787771

Our client reviews

Our client reviews

We’re always committed to getting the optimum outcome for you.

Hudgells have handled my claim brilliantly. From start to finish their solicitors have been professional and efficient. Great communication. Would highly recommend.
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Megan
Fantastic service. Rang based on an enquiry for advice relating to an on-going legal situation and received excellent clear advice and would definitely recommend this firm.
5 Stars
Peter
Since Elizabeth Maliakal took over my case for medical negligence. I am pleased to say her service was outstanding. Her communication was excellent. She was always up to date and made sure to keep in touch with me regularly. Elizabeth made sure I understood what was happening and always answered my questions in depth. Coming from a foreign background, I struggle to articulate my thoughts and feelings because of the language barrier, but Elizabeth worked her way around this. I am grateful for all her hard work. Thank you to Elizabeth Maliakal and Hudgell Solicitors.
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Darrel Fuentebaja
Thank you to Hudgell Solicitors particularly Sarah Moore who was assigned to my case. I was kept well informed throughout the whole process via email and phone, and always received a prompt reply to any questions that I had. It took a long time for my case to come to close for various reasons but never during this time did I feel rushed or pressured into making a decision. Sarah was very empathetic and supported me throughout with her excellent level of knowledge and professionalism. Thank you again.
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Laura
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FAQs

FAQs

What Is Medical Negligence?

Medical negligence is when medical professionals make mistakes or fail in their duty of care to you, leading to injury or making an existing condition worse.

How much can I claim for dental negligence?

Dental claims differ greatly, so we’ll assess the following to build our case and decide on an appropriate settlement sum:

  • Your medical history: We’ll look at your prior history of health problems to assess whether this is a one-off incident exacerbated by your dentist or an ongoing health issue.
  • Type of injury: The severity of the injury will affect the settlement sum, with more serious problems attracting greater compensation.
  • Severity of pain: If you’re in persistent and severe pain, your claim is likely to fetch a higher settlement.
  • Remedial expenses: One of the key factors in assessing your claim is the cost of ongoing remedial work. Any compensation you receive will help pay for expensive medical bills and appointments.
  • Prognosis: We’ll assess the long and short-term consequences of your injury. Naturally, life-changing damage and health problems will attract higher compensation.

Our expert dental lawyers will review your case and help you understand what you may be entitled to, based on your personal situation, alongside similar cases they’ve seen. They’ve already achieved great results for others.

Are all dentists insured?

Guidance from the General Dental Council states that all dental practitioners in the UK should be insured against negligence – but there is no law to enforce it.

This lack of firm legislation means that many dentists practising in the UK are not insured, placing a large responsibility on patients to do their research before receiving treatment.

What does the law say?

There are plans to bring in legislation which will make insurance a legal requirement, but it is not clear when this is set to come into effect.

Thankfully, most cases are resolved out of court with a settlement, and your solicitor will ensure all settlement offers are given the correct consideration.

What Are The Time Limits For Making A Medical Negligence Claim?

The time limit for making a claim for medical negligence is 3 years from the date of your knowledge of the alleged negligence. (You may not realise straight away but only after your injury or illness becomes worse).

However, there are a couple of exceptions to this rule:

  • Children – medical negligence claims involving a child can be made any time before your child turns 18. On your child’s 18th birthday the three year rule comes into effect, so a claim needs to be started before they turn 21.
  • Mental Capacity– if a person lacks the capacity to make a claim themselves, there’s no time limit for making a claim.

Was I Properly Advised On My Treatment Options?

Doctors and surgeons are not allowed to carry out any medical treatment unless the patient – or their next of kin – has been fully informed of any potential risks and any alternative treatment options available.

Patients should be fully involved in decisions relating to their medical treatment and be able to make an informed choice about the treatment they receive.

Our team at Hudgell Solicitors has represented many clients who have undergone treatments or been given medication, unaware of potential future complications or issues. Common examples include:

  • Failing to inform patients of the potential risks of operations / treatments
  • Failing to warn patients of potential side effects of treatments / medications
  • Failing to inform patient of alternative treatment options
  • Failing to warn of patients of potential complications during /following surgery
  • Failing to inform patients that further surgery may still be required
  • Failing to provide accurate information on the expertise of surgeons
  • Failing to offer options other than surgery
  • Failing to consult fully with mothers / parents on birth delivery plans / options

Read more about consent here: Failure to Obtain Informed Consent

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