Mistakes in dental treatment can be both painful and traumatic. If a Dentist has provided poor, negligent or improper treatment, and this has caused injury to a patient, a dental negligence claim for compensation may be made. With the decline of NHS dental care and the increase in private provision, patient expectations and treatment standards have risen. On occasions, however, treatment can and does go wrong. Negligent treatment whether provided by an NHS or Private Dentists can have a devastating impact on a patient, particularly if it results in permanent aesthetic damage or prolonged pain. When dental care is negligent, the cost of remedial care can often run into many thousands of pounds.
What Amounts to Negligence?Negligence can arise in a variety of circumstances. A dentist owes their patients a duty of care and if they breach this duty and damage is caused to their patient as a result then a claim for negligence can be made. Common breaches of duty in dental negligence claims include mistakes by the dentist, misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis. We have acted for client’s in numerous different types of dental negligence cases, including the following:
- Cosmetic Dentistry, involving teeth whitening, botox or fillers
- Failure to diagnose gum disease
- Failure to diagnose mouth cancer
- Substandard treatment leading to tooth loss
- Tooth decay
- Nerve damage
- Tooth Extraction
- Substandard or delayed Dental Work
- Root Canal treatment
- Wisdom tooth extraction
- Poorly fitted implants, crowns and bridges
- Problems associated with orthodontic care
How We Can HelpWe have a dedicated team of Dental and Clinical Negligence Solicitors, with extensive experience in handling Dental Negligence cases involving all aspect of dental treatment in Northern Ireland. Bringing a claim for dental negligence will be heavily based on expert medical evidence. Our solicitor’s will gather your medical notes and instruct a dental expert to provide an independent report on the extent of your injuries and whether or not they were caused by dental negligence. Dental negligence claims can be brought within 3 years of the date of injury or within 3 years of the date you became aware of the damage/negligence (date of knowledge). All initial enquiries are free and we will always discuss the funding options which are available to our clients, including; Legal Aid, litigation insurance, legal expenses cover and private paying.
Dental Claims was last modified: February 2nd, 2022 by