When it comes to medical negligence, people often think mostly of doctors and hospitals. The truth is that negligence can occur in a wide range of different settings and that includes when visiting your local dentist. If you have had a procedure performed by your dentist and it has led to a personal injury, you may have the right to claim for compensation for dental negligence.
What is Dental Negligence?
Dental negligence can be a result of poorly performed procedures, lack of training, incompetence and or the failure to diagnose a problem that requires treatment. There are several areas where dental negligence has occurred and where successful claims for personal injury have been made. These include:
- Not getting the patient’s consent – dentists have a duty to get your permission before they carry out a procedure but many actually don’t.
- Cosmetic dentistry – there are various procedures that can be employed to improve your teeth nowadays. These can go wrong, however, and leave patients dealing with pain and lose implants, especially if the dentist is inexperienced or poorly trained.
- Other treatments include root canals where there is an infection in your tooth, removing wisdom teeth and dealing with tooth decay. All these involve invasive techniques that can go wrong.
- Failure to diagnose things like gum disease or even oral cancer can have a huge impact on someone’s chances of future treatment and recovery.
Most of us pay regular visits to our local dentist to make sure that our teeth are okay and to deal with particular problems. Many more of us nowadays are looking for cosmetic solutions, searching for straighter teeth or brighter smiles.
Can I Make a Dental Negligence Claim?
If you have undergone a procedure and the standard of care fell below what was considered acceptable, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. You might, for example, have had the wrong tooth removed by a dentist who was negligent, or your gum disease wasn’t diagnosed properly.
You have a right to expect the treatment you get to be of a good standard whether you are having veneers fitted or are just getting a filling or a simple hygiene clean.
The first thing you should do is contact a personal injury solicitor to discuss your potential claim and the way forward. This can be quite a daunting experience if you’ve never done it before, but you shouldn’t be worried. Personal injury solicitors offer what is called a no win no fee service. What this means is that they will agree to handle your claim but not take any fees unless your case is actually successful.
It also means you can bring a claim for dental negligence without having to find the solicitor’s fees in the first place. No win no fee claims ensure that your legal team will be honest about your chances of succeeding in your claim. They’ll listen to your story and talk you through the process and then you can decide whether you want to proceed or not.
If you have been the victim of dental negligence, it can leave you with pain and numerous difficulties in your daily life, especially when you eat and drink. A personal injury claim, if successful, can provide you with the support you need either to get the problem treated by another dentist and compensate you for the pain and injury caused. Contact us today to find out more.