When you receive wrong or substandard treatment under an NHS or private dentist, you have the right to get a proper explanation. Moreover, if you have suffered as a result of dental negligence or error, you may be entitled to claim financial compensation. It is therefore important for you to know what qualifies as a dental negligence, when you are eligible for filing a claim, who to complain to, and how to maximise your chances of winning a claim.
Luckily, you are at the right place to get answers to all these questions. Our website is a source of useful information on different clinical negligence issues, including dental negligence. And if you have any specific query, please feel free to contact us.
Examples of Dental Negligence
Some common errors that can establish grounds for a dental negligence claim include:
- Wrong or delayed diagnosis – If the dentist misdiagnoses your dental condition, or makes a delay in the diagnosis, claims can be filed. One example of this can be failure to diagnose oral cancer.
- Injury due to negligence – If the treatment you receive causes injury to you due to mistake or negligence on the part of your dentist, you can file a claim. Some examples of injuries include severe pain, loss of taste and injury to nerves.
- Cosmetic errors – You may also fall prey to clinical negligence during the course of cosmetic treatment, such as bridges, veneers, crowns and implants. You may be entitled to compensation if the dentist had not informed you about possible side effects and risks associated with these treatment methods well in advance.
Some other examples of typical errors by dentists include inappropriate root canal therapy, improper filing, wrong treatment of gum diseases, and extraction of the wrong tooth.
How we can help you
- We listen to you sympathetically – Once you contact us, our experienced legal advisors will listen to you carefully to find out whether you have a case.
- We help you make informed decisions – Our lawyers know the law regarding dental negligence inside out. They will make you aware of your rights, so that you can take informed decision.
- We fight for you – Depending upon the complexity of your case, we will appoint the best solicitor for your claim. Our lawyer will ensure that you get the best possible outcome.
- We keep you in the loop – Winning a claim usually takes time. We keep you updated throughout the process.
Remember that you may need to submit records of your dental treatment during the process of filing a dental negligence claim. Under the Data Protection Act 1998, all dentists should provide dental treatment records to a patient within 40 days of the submission of a written request by the patient. So, don’t forget to collect your records from your dentists.
If you need help and support for a dental negligence claim, contact us right away.