Dental Negligence Compensation Claims Solicitors

Not many of us relish in the thought of a trip to the dentist; though thankfully, most visits pass relatively uneventful. However, there has been an increasing trend in claims for dental malpractice and dental negligence in the last five to ten years. The cost of dental treatment and the popularity of cosmetic dentistry could be potential factors driving the increase in dental compensation cases.

 

If you believe your dentist has performed their work negligently or is guilty of malpractice, one of the first questions you may have is, "can I sue for compensation?". The answer is yes. You have a right to make a compensation claim against your dentist if their negligence has caused you pain and suffering. Our experienced solicitors have dealt with many dental negligence cases and have witnessed first-hand the agony, both physical and emotional, caused by dentists being careless in their work.

We are always happy to discuss matters with those who believe that they are entitled to make a compensation claim for dental negligence or dental malpractice. Contact our experienced medical and dental claims lawyers to discuss your claim. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case in more detail, and offer no-win no-fee agreements. Contact us today on 0333 123 9099. Alternatively, please email us at enquiries@ibbclaims.co.uk or complete our online form.

What types of Dental Negligence Claims can IBB Claims help with?

Our highly experienced solicitors have years of combined experience in settling negligence and malpractice claims against dentists.

We have a large and dynamic dental negligence department and as a team, we work collaboratively to find innovative ways to settle dental compensation claims quickly and cost effectively. To this end, we offer a ‘no win, no fee’ arrangement to clients wishing to make a negligence claim against their dentist.

Types of negligence:

Patients who have commonly obtained compensation dental negligence and/or malpractice have done so on the following grounds:

  • A delayed or misdiagnosis of a serious dental condition whereby the condition has deteriorated significantly and could have benefited from early diagnosis and treatment
  • Wrong diagnosis: Whereby a dentist has diagnosed an incorrect condition which resulted in unnecessary treatment
  • Improper or negligent technique: The standard of your dental treatment fell well below what would be expected from a dental health professional.

Examples of our work

Nerve Injury

When anaesthesia is administered during a dental procedure, it causes blockage to the inferior alveolar nerve and the nearby lingual nerve (which supplies the tongue). This is what causes numbing of the jaw and tongue when certain dental procedures are carried out. However, damage to the inferior alveolar nerve can occur if the dental anaesthesia is administered negligently, causing permanent, painful nerve damage.

Our dental solicitors have assisted many claimants in recovering compensation for this type of nerve damage caused by dental negligence.

Dental Implant Compensation Claims

Dental implants are metal posts fixed to the jawbone and used to support a crown, bridge or denture. Damage can occur if your dentist does not do a correct assessment to ensure you are a proper candidate for dental implants, he or she damages the sinus cavity, imbeds the implant on the wrong angle or damages other teeth during the procedure.

Our expert dental team can assist you if your dentist has been negligent in placing your dental implants.

Oral Cancer

Our dental negligence team have successfully represented many clients who have had a missed or delayed diagnosis of oral cancer. Such a devastating experience can have a major impact on not only the patient’s life by their families too.

Common symptoms of oral cancer include:

  • ulcers
  • lumps
  • red or white patches in the mouth lining or tongue

If your dentist fails to diagnose oral cancer you may be entitled to sue for compensation.

Cosmetic Dentistry Compensation Claims

We have strongly represented many clients who have gone to the dentist to improve their smile, only to have their teeth destroyed by malpractice and/or negligent procedures. If bleaching, porcelain, veneers, crowns and bridgework is done incorrectly, it can lead to painful physical and emotional suffering. Our experienced dental solicitors will ensure you receive proper compensation for pain and distress.

Failure to Treat Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is where the structure of the tooth is weakened by bacteria and acids. If it is not treated properly it can damage a tooth right down to the root. The only way to repair tooth decay is by having a filling put in your tooth by a dentist. However, if your dentist has failed to diagnose the extent of your tooth decay, not taken x-rays or did to remove the decay properly before filling the tooth, then you may be entitled to compensation for their negligence. Proving that your dentist was negligent in diagnosing or treating tooth decay can be a complex process and one which our dental solicitors excel at.

Issues with Fillings

If a filling is placed incorrectly it can cause pain, suffering and cost money to repair. Our dental negligence solicitors have the experience and expertise to assist you in making a claim for compensation against your dentist.

Issues with Crowns

A poorly fitted crown can make cleaning difficult, leading to decay and possible gum disease. The crown can also become loose and come off the tooth, causing discomfort and pain. Your dentist has a duty of care to ensure that when fitting crowns, they comply to a certain standard within the industry. If your dentist has failed to do this, our dental solicitors can assist you in making a claim for compensation.

Periodontal Disease Claims / Gum Disease Claims

Periodontal means ‘surrounding the teeth’. Therefore, periodontal disease is a disease that affects the gums and the bones surrounding the teeth. It usually begins with gingivitis, caused by bacteria and plaque. If your dentist fails to spot gingivitis (which is easily cured with better cleaning of the teeth), it may lead to more serious gum disease.

Your dentist can easily spot the early stages of gum disease and has a duty to advise you on better cleaning practices and provide treatments to restore your periodontal health. If they fail to do so, they may be guilty of dental negligence and you can sue for compensation.

Root Canal Surgery Claims

Root canal work is a complex process and can cause a lot of pain if it is preformed negligently. Failure to remove all the nerves or fill the hole correctly can result in agonising infections. If you were not correctly informed of the procedures available to you or your dentist failed to provide the correct aftercare, then we may be able to show that they were negligent and win an award of compensation for you.

Restorative Dentistry Claims

If your teeth are decayed or damaged, restorative dentistry procedures such as bridges and crowns will aim to return them to their original condition. If your dentist fails to diagnose decay in the first place or provides incorrect treatment that is not up to an accepted industry standard, then you may be able to bring a claim for compensation.

We understand the pain, embarrassment and financial loss you may have suffered if you have received negligent restorative dentistry treatment. Our solicitors will assist you in making a claim to ensure you receive the compensation you need to move forward.

What is the process for making a Dental Negligence Compensation Claim?

Before our experienced dental negligence solicitors commit you to the process, they will evaluate your case to ensure it has a strong chance of success.

Once this is done we will obtain the necessary expert evidence required to prove your negligence or malpractice claim. This may include an independent medical examination.

Most cases are settled outside of court, via negotiation and/or mediation. However, if we do need to go to court we will often need to engage a barrister to draft the necessary documents. If the case is particularly complex, the barrister may need to meet with you and your solicitor to clarify some points.

Either party can make an offer to settle the dental negligence claim at any time during the process. Our solicitors will advise you as to whether the settlement you have been offered is more or less than what you would receive from a judge.

What information will I need to make a Claim?

Depending on the circumstances of your dental negligence claim we may need to access your past dental records, x-rays and any associated medical or GP records. In the first meeting you have with your solicitor, they will inform you of all the information they require to build a solid case.

If you have previously written letters of complaint to your dentist, then please bring these with you to your initial meeting.

What are the time limits for making a Dental Negligence Compensation Claim?

Generally, personal injury claims, including those for dental negligence must be made within three years of the injury occurring.

How long will it take to make the Dental Claim?

The time it takes to settle your dental negligence or malpractice claim depends on a number of factors, such as how complicated your case is and whether or not the defending party chooses to offer a settlement early on in the process.

Our dental negligence solicitors have a thorough knowledge of the legal system and will keep you informed every step of the way as to how your case is progressing and how much longer it will take.

A serious dental condition or negligent dental treatment could result in serious pain, inflammation and loss of function in chewing, swallowing. If you feel that your dentist has been negligent with regard to diagnosing and treating a medical condition or providing dental treatment of a high standard, then you could be entitled to make a compensation claim. Contact our medical and dental negligence solicitors today for a free consultation.

Please call 0333 123 9099. Alternatively, email us at enquiries@ibbclaims.co.uk or complete our online form.