Going to the dentist can be nerve-wracking and stressful for many people, and made even worse if something goes wrong. Even a small amount of toothache can cause disruption to someone’s daily life, which is why the last thing you’d expect from a dental expert is negligence.
We understand the impact dental negligence can have on individuals and their families. If you believe your dentist has acted against the interests of your oral health, you may be eligible to claim dental negligence compensation. Call us now on 0808 164 0808.
Dental negligence FAQs
To provide further advice and guidance regarding dentistry malpractice, we’ve answered some frequently asked questions below. If you wish to speak to one of our dental solicitors please feel free to get in touch or request a call back, and we will call you.
What is dental negligence?
Dental negligence is where a dentist acts against the interests of a patient’s health, or even fails to act at all. Some patients who experience dental negligence may find that they are left in a worse position than they were before their treatment.
A dentist can be sued for negligence. Claims can be made against both NHS and private dentists.
What are some examples of dental negligence?
When referring to dental litigation, the mistakes that may amount to dental negligence can occur at the following stages: check-ups; diagnosis; monitoring; treatment and surgical.
Some common dental negligence cases that our team have advised upon include:
- cosmetic dentistry
- failed dental implants
- failure to treat or diagnose gum disease or periodontal disease
- failure to diagnose oral cancer
- incorrect anaesthesia
- improper use of dental tools
- inappropriate tooth extraction
- lack of informed consent
- orthodontic work
- poorly fitted dental bridges, crowns and veneers
- restorative dentistry
- root canal treatment
- swallowed instruments
- tooth decay
- unsafe practices
- wisdom teeth
- TMJ disorders
Can you sue a dentist?
If you believe your dentist has acted against your health, you may be eligible to bring a claim against them and sue them. As we mentioned above, you can sue both NHS and private dentists if they have demonstrated dental negligence regarding your treatment.
If you’re wondering how to sue a dentist, we recommend you seek legal advice in the first instance. One of our expert dental lawyers will be able to give you the appropriate advice and guidance for your claim.
How much can I claim for dental negligence in the UK?
The amount you’ll be able to claim will vary depending on your circumstances. Every individual who suffers at the hands of dental negligence is different, and the amount of compensation available will depend greatly on factors such as loss of income, the impact the negligent treatment has had on the individual, and the cost of restorative treatment.
How long does a dental negligence claim take?
Again, this will vary case by case. Dental medical negligence claims can take a while to be settled depending on how complicated they are. As such, it is difficult to give an accurate timeline for how long a dental negligence claim will take without detailed information. But, following a consultation with one of our lawyers, we may be able to give you a more detailed view and we will of course keep you updated throughout your dental lawsuit.
Can you claim wrong tooth extraction compensation?
Having the wrong tooth extracted by a dentist is one of the most serious types of dental negligence. A patient could have a tooth removed and still experience the pain they had before, and suffer the unnecessary loss of a perfectly healthy tooth.
No win, no fee dental lawsuit advice
We carry out many of our claims on a No Win, No Fee basis. This means there are no upfront costs for you and, provided that you have not misled or acted against the advice that we have given you, no financial risk to you – even if your claim is not successful.
Why choose Lime Solicitors to help you with your dental negligence claim?
We are medical negligence specialists and our Clinical & Medical negligence team are rated as Tier 1 by Chambers 2020 and the Legal 500 directory. Two of our Partners are recognised by the Law Society as being specialists in their field, and both are on the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Panel.
We are passionate about what we do, and we are committed to ensuring we help in the maintenance of a safe and caring healthcare system. Our team of dental negligence lawyers work closely with the General Dental Council (GD) through the complaint and claim process.
Our dental negligence experts
Neil is a Member of the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Accreditation Scheme and is currently ranked in the Legal 500 and as Tier 3 in Chambers 2020. Chambers notes Neil to be “technically brilliant and extremely thorough.”
Neil is a specialist in dental claims, having parents who are both qualified dentists. He is very skilled at considering the dental records and x-rays or radiographs and advising clients whether they have potential claims.
With the cost and time pressures on NHS dentists there are inevitably plenty of understandable but unacceptable and avoidable mistakes made. Neil has seen plenty of cases of incorrect extractions of teeth, failures to diagnose and treat gum disease, failure to treat decay and poor fillings and bridges.
Sara has more than 20 years’ experience acting in a broad spectrum of clinical negligence and personal injury cases and can tap into her wealth of experience acting for both defendants and claimants to achieve fantastic results for her clients. Sara was also recently appointed to the Society of Clinical Injury Lawyers (SCIL)’s Executive Committee.
In her dental negligence practice, she covers cosmetic dentistry procedures, veneers, implants and substandard dental work.
A former client comments “without the help and assistance of Sara Gibbs I would have given up on my case”.
Contact our dental solicitors today
If you’re searching for dental legal advice and wish to speak with one of our clinical negligence experts about dental compensation, feel free to get in touch with us today. You can call us free on 0808 164 0808 or request a call back, and one of our team will call you.