We’ve answered the questions we’re asked most regularly about cases of insufficient care and treatment at the dentist, helping you to understand the type of claim, the assessment process and how we can help you to secure the compensation you’re entitled to.
Dental negligence refers to pain, injury or trauma suffered as a result of substandard treatment. 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 the progression of mouth cancer.
To prove dental negligence, claimants must be able to show evidence that they have suffered injury, damage or unnecessary pain and suffering as a result of poor treatment. It may not be possible to make a claim unless you can adequately prove that damage or injury was incurred by your dentist.
If you’ve experienced any of the following, you could be entitled to dental injury compensation.
Every case of negligent dental treatment has its own unique circumstances that need to be considered. Generally speaking, cases can be categorised as follows:
If your dentist takes too long to diagnose a problem with your oral health, to the point where further complications occur that could have been avoidable, this is a delayed diagnosis. Examples of this may include your dentist failing to:
A false diagnosis or misdiagnosis occurs when a problem is misjudged, leading to worsening symptoms and unnecessary treatment. This could include:
Substandard dental work
A dentist’s work is deemed substandard or inadequate when they fail to carry out treatment to a reasonable standard. Examples of substandard work include:
Long-term failings in treatment and care
Often, patients can continue visiting the same dentist for many years without realising that poor treatment is impacting on their long-term health. Prolonged inadequate treatment can have significant consequences, increasing the risk of serious health problems like premature tooth decay and periodontal disease.
If we accept your claim, our experienced team will work closely with you to establish the circumstances of your case. Dental claims differ greatly, so we’ll assess the following to build our case and decide on an appropriate settlement sum:
If you believe you can show appropriate evidence that your dentist has caused injury, damage or unnecessary pain and suffering, you could be eligible to claim compensation. We’ll closely assess any evidence you provide, as well as the points listed above, to decide if you’re entitled to make a claim.
Dental negligence can cause unwanted pain and suffering, impacting your quality of life. It also brings financial implications, with patients forced to pay out thousands for remedial care whilst coping with a direct loss of earnings.
If you believe you’ve been a victim of negligent dental care, you may be able to claim compensation for the following:
Guidance from the General Dental Council states that all dental practitioners in the UK should be insured against instances of 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.
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.
Compensation can help with the cost of rectifying your dentist’s mistakes to get your life back on track. A settlement achieved in a case of substandard dental treatment 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.
With our expert medical negligence team and no win no fee commitment, Hudgell Solicitors can help you overcome the pain and suffering of substandard dental work. Led by Vince Shore, our team will:
To start your dental negligence claim today or to get free and impartial advice about your situation, call our team now.
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