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Dental negligence claims
Few people enjoy a visit to the dentist, but attending for routine treatment and regular check-ups is something everyone should do to help keep your teeth in good condition and hopefully prevent any major work being needed. You only get one set of teeth. Most people receive their treatment under the NHS, but many people do now elect to have private treatment either because of waiting times, or because the procedure they want is not covered by the NHS.
If mistakes are made during dental treatment, you can find yourself facing extensive corrective treatment that is not only painful, but also can be extremely expensive if the dentist in question does not accept the mistake or offer to put things right. Mistakes are made both by NHS dentists and private dentists. Both have the same duty to you as the patient.
How can we help?
If you are left in pain due to an error with your dental treatment, either private or under the NHS, first and foremost you may be entitled to compensation for that unnecessary period of suffering. However, if the dentist will not admit that the mistake was made, then you could be left either with longer term pain, problems with the appearance of your teeth, or the possibility of having to pay privately to put things right.
At Patient Claim Line, we can get a specialist dental report that will show what went wrong and what needs to be done to put things right. If there was negligence then we will include the cost of any corrective treatment as part of your claim. In addition, we will ensure you receive the maximum level of compensation for pain, suffering and any impact the error has had on your day to day life.
What types of dental negligence are there?
Patient Claim Line regularly handle a whole host of dental negligence claims, but some of the most common instances that we deal with include:
- Negligence claims due to careless work
- Negligence claims due to incorrect or inadequate work
- Negligence claims due to misdiagnosis or missed diagnosis
- Extraction of wrong tooth, failed dental procedure, poor dental treatment, failure to provide treatment plan, or dentist failed diagnosis
- Dental infection, failure to take adequate radiology, failure to remove unintended foreign objects during treatment, or failure to give preventative advice and oral hygiene
Am I eligible to make a claim?
Every dentist, whether working under the NHS or being paid privately, has a duty to perform the right and proper dental procedures. If you believe that your dentist has been negligent towards you and you are left with pain and/or treatment costs, you may be entitled to compensation and to recover those treatment costs.