Making a Dental Claim
If you have suffered a dental condition only to have this made worse due to dental negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.
Dental procedures cover the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and conditions affecting the teeth and gums.
The specialist, complex nature of dental conditions can lead to negligent mistakes being made, which may include misdiagnosis, an error being made during a procedure or a condition being missed entirely.
This can lead to a dental negligence claim where specialist legal advice is highly recommended.
What is considered dental negligence?
Dental negligence or malpractice may occur through any number of ways, which can result in pain, injury, illness and trauma.
For example, negligence may occur when an injury is caused through a poorly delivered procedure, where the patient was not fully informed of the procedure’s risks (informed consent for the treatment was not provided), or the aftercare may have fallen below the standard expected.
Common examples of dental negligence include:
- Incorrect or sub-standard treatment
- Delay in treatment
- Failure to obtain or misdiagnosis of test results
- Gum disease or periodontal disease
- Orthodontic errors
- Poor implants, crowns and bridges
- Oral surgery
- Incorrect tooth extraction
- Root canal treatment
Do you have a dental negligence claim?
In order to establish dental negligence has occurred, the claim must first satisfy two requirements:
- Did you medical professional breach his/her duty of care?
- Did this breach result in pain and suffering to the patient?
To establish the above, we offer free 30-minute consultations that carry no obligation for you to proceed with legal action.
This enables you to receive expert legal advice that is risk-free and completely confidential.
How much can I claim?
This varies significantly, depending on the nature of your claim.
For example, dental negligence that required corrective care will result in a much higher figure compared to tooth damage, as the resulting costs vastly differ.
In the majority of our dental negligence cases, we deal on a no win no fee basis which means you are at no financial risk if you do not win your medical negligence case.
Contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation with our specialist dental solicitors to find out if you are eligible to bring a dental compensation claim.
Frequently asked questions
How will I cover legal costs; especially if I lose my case?
In the vast majority of our cases, we deal on a no win no fee basis. This is also known as a conditional fee agreement (CFA). A no win no fee arrangement means that if you do not win, you do not have to pay any fees. If you do win, we will take a percentage of your damages as our success fee. This will usually be between 15% and 25% depending on the merits and value of your claim.
How much time will I need to dedicate to my claim?
It is really up to you. You can choose to be very involved or leave the daily running of the claim entirely to us. At all stages, we will keep you fully informed on the progress of your case. In most cases, you will likely need to attend an appointment with a medical expert. You will also need to answer any questions we may have on your treatment and sign relevant paperwork. Otherwise you can leave the time consuming process of settling your case to us.