Dental Negligence Claims

If you’ve suffered poor treatment at the dentist which caused unnecessary pain, suffering or serious injury, you may qualify for no win no fee dental negligence compensation — helping to get your life back on track.

Dental negligence is serious pain, injury, illness, or trauma you have suffered because of negligent  dental treatment. From incidents such as the wrong tooth being removed to more serious injuries  resulting in lasting nerve damage, our dental negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation if you’ve suffered an injury in the dentist’s chair.

To find out if you’re eligible for dental negligence compensation and to start your claim, get in touch with our expert dental lawyers today. We will conduct a free, no obligation consultation to help you begin a dental claim and obtain the compensation you deserve.

 

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When we take on any case, we want you to feel reassured and confident in every aspect of your claim. That’s why we offer a service that puts your needs over and above anything else.
We promise to:

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How To Make A Dental Negligence Claim

If you have a problem with your teeth or mouth that has been caused by your dentist, you may be eligible to make a ‘no win no fee’ dental claim. You could receive compensation if you can show appropriate evidence that malpractice by your dentist has caused injury, damage, or unnecessary pain and suffering.

Get in touch with our expert dental negligence solicitors for a free, no obligation consultation. We act on a ‘no win no fee’ basis, so it won’t cost you a penny to start a claim for dental negligence with us.

Our specialist medical negligence solicitors have years of knowledge and experience in dental claims and can make all the difference in helping to secure the compensation you deserve.

Dental Negligence Compensation Amounts: How Much Can I Claim?

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.

Our experts

Vince Shore

Senior Solicitor and Joint Head of Clinical Negligence

Sam Thompson

Chartered Legal Executive, Clinical Negligence

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“Patients fail to realise that dentistry is loosely regulated, leaving them at risk from substandard treatment and large bills for remedial work should their treatment go wrong.”

“We campaign for greater regulation over dentistry, and work hard to ensure the victims of substandard care are properly represented, and fully compensated for their pain and loss.”

Vince Shore

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Dental Negligence Compensation: Frequently Asked Questions

What are the different types of dental negligence?

Dental negligence refers to pain, injury or trauma suffered because of substandard treatment or dental malpractice. The most severe cases can have a dramatic impact on a person’s health, leading to the onset of permanent nerve damage, lifelong pain, or, in some cases, the progression of mouth cancer.

If you’ve experienced any of the following, you could be entitled to dental injury compensation.

  • Misdiagnosis: A false diagnosis or misdiagnosis occurs when a problem is misjudged, leading to worsening symptoms and unnecessary treatment. Misdiagnosis can include things like removal of a healthy tooth due to error, or incorrect drugs administered due to misdiagnosis.
  • Delayed diagnosis: If your dentist takes too long to diagnose a problem with your oral health, to the point where avoidable complications occur, this is delayed diagnosis. 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: You may be entitled to compensation if your dentist has provided inadequate care over a long period, resulting in the onset of serious issues with your mouth.
    Prolonged inadequate treatment can have significant consequences, increasing the risk of serious health problems like premature tooth decay and periodontal disease.

What can I make a dental claim for?

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

  • 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

Compensation can help with the cost of rectifying your dentist’s mistakes to get your life back on track. A dental negligence settlement isn’t for financial gain, but to 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 to attend additional appointments.

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.

Meet Our Clinical Negligence Solicitor Specialist

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.

Patients fail to realise that dentistry is loosely regulated, leaving them at risk from substandard treatment and large bills for remedial work should their treatment go wrong.

We campaign for greater regulation over dentistry and work hard to ensure the victims of substandard care are properly represented, and fully compensated for their pain and loss.

Vince Shore

Senior Solicitor and Joint Head of Clinical Negligence

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