Most dental care is of a good standard. However, sometimes dentists and dental technicians make mistakes, causing unnecessary pain, suffering and expense.
If you have been injured in the dentist’s chair, you should look into making a claim for dental negligence compensation.
Typical dental error cases include:
- Inadequate root canal therapy
- Failed implants
- Extracting the wrong tooth
- Failing to manage and treat decay
- Inadequate fillings
- Inadequate crowns
- Failing to manage gum disease (periodontal disease).
Cosmetic Dentistry Compensation Claims
An increasing amount of dental negligence claims for compensation involve cosmetic dentistry. These cases include accidents during bleaching, porcelain veneers, crown and bridgework and orthodontic work. Some dentists use dermal fillers, Botox or hyaluronic acid, and these claims can also be dealt with on a No Win No Fee basis.
Dental Implant Compensation Claims
Implants are now commonly used to replace missing teeth. Fitting dental implants is a specialised skill, and sadly dental errors occur causing implants to be fitted incorrectly. Resolving problems with implants is often painful and expensive, and claiming compensation can provide both the funds to correct the errors, and help to ensure that the same mistake doesn’t happen to someone else.
Gathering the evidence to make a claim
It makes no difference whether you were a victim of inadequate care, misdiagnosis or careless dental work. The process for proving dental negligence is the same. Your dental practitioners owe you a duty of care to provide the correct treatment and to perform this treatment in the correct manner.
You must be able to prove, first, that the dentist or hygienist owes you this duty. This means that he or she has accepted you as a patient and/or has agreed to provide treatment. Next, you must show that the dental professional was in breach of this duty and that, given the same circumstances, other professionals in similar positions would not have acted in the same manner. This can be proven by expert testimony from those knowledgeable in the field of dentistry and other medical professionals. Once you’ve proven that your dentist was in breach of duty, you must show that this breach directly resulted in your harm.