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Taking care of your teeth and keeping them clean is imperative when trying to prevent tooth disorders and problems. However, some issues can be caused by dental negligence or dental malpractice. Dental negligence can be defined as avoidable injury caused by a dentist who fails to take the proper care.
At Grieves Solicitors, we specialise in dental negligence compensation claims in which we have supported countless clients through their claim right from initial contact. If you have had a bad experience where you have suffered from dental malpractice, then call us on 0800 074 7644 or fill out one of our online contact forms and one of our experts will be in touch.
It is a dental professional's duty to provide the best possible care to the patients visiting their practice or clinic. If you believe you have been a victim of dental negligence or malpractice then you are well in your right to speak to an expert solicitor for advice. Types of Dental negligence can include:-
- Injury; Dental malpractice involving harm to the patient.
- Serious Injury; Dental malpractice resulting in life changing injuries.
- Informed Consent
Within the 3 types of dental negligence, there can be many causes, including:
- Consent to Dental Treatment; Failure to gain consent before going ahead with a procedure.
- Cosmetic Dentistry; Severe pain or damage to your teeth caused by improperly performed cosmetic procedures, e.g. veneers or crowns.
- Tooth Extraction; Injury due to complications during the extraction process.
- Gum Disease; Failure to treat gum disease leading to periodontal disease resulting in tooth loss.
- Restorative Dentistry; Failure to diagnose or treat tooth decay, leading to the need for restorative dentistry.
- Dental Implants; Failure to assess patients correctly, leading to complications and severe injuries.
- Root Canal Treatment; Injury caused by treatment complications during or after RCT.
- Wisdom Teeth; Injury as a result of complications during Wisdom Tooth extraction.
- Tooth Decay; Complications during tooth decay treatment resulting in injury.
- Failure to Diagnose Oral Cancer; Serious illness or worse due to negligence from the dentist.
If you have suffered damage to a tooth/teeth, as a result of any of the above causes, you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim against the practitioner.
The symptoms and effects of dental injuries can be very painful, often starting with toothache and sometimes leading to more severe, long term effects including serious illness or a fractured jaw.
Some of the more visible effects of dental injuries include facial swelling, a fever, or pus draining from the gum leading from the tooth.
The less visible effects can be even more painful, and can include increased pain or even insomnia - both short-term and long-term.
You don't have to be the person directly affected dental malpractice in order to make a claim. Third parties including family and close friends often have a case too.
The financial compensation for a dental injury can be substantial, in recognition of how damaging such cases can be, and the length of time it can take to recover, age of the victim and also the victim’s ability to communicate.
Here at Grieves Solicitors, we can help you from the very first step of the way, with general guidance and professional legal advice so that you understand the compensation claim process and whether it is the right decision for you to pursue a claim.
How much is the average financial settlement?
Each financial settlement is different and depends on varying factors as to how much you are entitled to claim for a financial pay-out. Factors that affect the final settlement amount include:
- Age of the victim
- The victim’s ability to communicate
- Contributory negligence
- Dental history
Average guidelines for dental compensation amounts are as follows;
- Loss of one front tooth: £2,000
- Loss of one back tooth: £1,000
- Loss of two or more front teeth: £4,000 - £ 12,000
- Loss of two or more back teeth: £2,000 - £7,000
- Pain or suffering over one week: £500
- Pain or suffering over one month: £1,000
- Pain or suffering over one year: £3,000
You can contact us immediately to start a claim or for all general enquiries about dental malpractice compensation claims and all of the personal injury claims Grieves Solicitors are able to handle - you may even be considering making multiple claims if you were involved in an assault or road traffic accident, for instance.
Whatever your personal circumstances, we will be happy to help you understand more about the process or start a dental negligence compensation claim on your behalf.
To find out more or to ask us anything about the process, fill out one of our online contact forms or call us on 0800 0747 644 and a member of our team will come back to you back at the first opportunity, so we can help you to make progress on your claim without delay.