What Is Dental Negligence?Dental negligence is the term used for any injury or suffering caused by dental treatment or procedure, or as the result of a missed condition or misdiagnosis by your dentist. The types of dental negligence injuries include:
- Treatment mistakes
- Nerve injuries
- Cosmetic dentistry errors
- Diagnosis delays
Can You Claim For Dental Negligence?Yes, you can. If you’ve suffered unnecessary pain because of something your dentist has done or failed to do or not done properly, then you can claim for compensation. Whether you received treatment from a private dental practice or an NHS one, you can claim. The amount of compensation you’ll receive depends on the severity of suffering you’ve experienced due to the negligent treatment together with any financial losses you’ve incurred, including for any corrective or restorative treatments that are needed.
What Is The Claims Process?Ideally, you should make your claim as soon as possible after the date of the incident, and within 3 years of the incident. There are exceptions to the 3-year rule but usually a claim has to be made within this time frame. As a guide, the claims process is usually similar to this:
- Obtain dental records Initially, we’ll work with you to obtain dental records from your dental practice as these will form a key part of the evidence for your claim.
- Review dental records Your solicitor will review the records and put together a report that highlights your suffering and the grounds for your claim.
- Examine Sometimes, a specialist will examine your teeth and mouth to confirm the trauma you’ve suffered and the restorative treatment needed.
- Make The Claim Your solicitor will outline the negligence claim and send it to the dental provider. The provider will then forward it to their insurers who have 4 months to investigate the allegations and respond with either an admission or denial of liability.
- Settle If the dental provider admits liability, your solicitor will negotiate the amount of compensation you deserve.