Dental Negligence

When a dentist or dental professional fails to provide adequate care and that standard level of care has fallen below what is considered as ‘reasonable’, a case for negligence maybe justified.

Negligence in dental treatment can be traumatic and painful. If you believe that your dentist was negligent, specialist legal advice could be of help.

Claims can be made for injuries that have been directly caused, worsened, or overlooked by a dental healthcare professional (NHS or Private).

Claims can be made for accidents or oversight leading to a physical injury, harmful impact on wellbeing or financial loss.

The amount of compensation you could be entitled to receive for a successful claim will vary due to a number of different factors. These include the nature of the claim, the severity of injury, the pain and suffering experienced, and the extent to which further treatment could rectify the damage caused by the negligence.

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Will I need to have a medical assessment if I make a Dental Claim?

Normally, yes. To substantiate whether there is a claim, access to the relevant dental and medical records will be needed. The records can then be assessed by a independent Dental Medicine expert witness who will provide their opinion in relation to the possible claim.

Is there a time limit for making a Dental Negligence Claim?

Yes. You should start a claim as soon as possible. Generally, you will need to start Court proceedings within three years of the dental negligence happening. After three years the Defendant will be able to raise ‘limitation’ as a defence to any claim, and argue that you are out of time for bringing a claim.  There are some exceptions to this limit, and the best way of finding out whether you are in time to bring a claim is to speak to one of our specialist lawyers.

How long do Dental Negligence claims take?

A claim in respect of negligence dental treatment can take anywhere between a few months and a few years to settle. This depends on the extent of injury and whether the negligence is admitted by the Defendant. A typical case usually takes between 2-3 years to finish. Bigger and more complicated claims tend to take longer. Don’t worry, we will be with you every step of the way.

Can I make a complaint about the dentist when no financial compensation is needed?

Yes, you can. You can complain to find out what happened, to ask for an apology or to ask that policies or procedures are changed as a result of your experiences. If you’d like to have a copy of our template complaints letter and complaints information pack, please contact us to speak to one of the team.

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