No Win No Fee Dental Negligence Solicitors
Few people enjoy attending the dentist. For the vast majority, the treatment they receive will be successful; however, as with all types of medical treatment, this can and does go wrong. Sometimes these adverse events will occur as a result of negligence.
If you have been injured as a result of substandard dental care in the NHS or private sector, our dental negligence solicitors may be able to help.
Types of Dental Negligence Claims
Claims can be pursued for both NHS and private sector treatment. This can encompass treatment by a dentist, dental nurse or hygienist.
The most common types of cases that we see are:
- Failures to recognise and prevent periodontal disease.
- Delayed diagnosis of mouth cancer.
- Poor results from cosmetic dentistry.
- Incorrect tooth extraction.
- Nerve damage.
- Anaesthetic errors.
- Defective crowns, bridges and dental implants.
- Inadequate fillings and crowns.
- Failures in managing decay and delayed diagnosis of other mouth and dental problems.
- Accidents during teeth whitening.
How our solicitors investigate your claim
The main evidence you need for a dental negligence claim will come from independent dental experts. These are dentists and other dental care experts who can give an expert opinion on your case. They will give their opinion on:
- your dental records;
- your statement about what has happened;
- any other documents supporting your case.
If we cannot find any dental experts who will support your claim, your claim will not succeed.
Claiming Compensation for Dental Negligence
In addition to claiming compensation for pain and suffering caused by the negligence, we aim to help our clients claim sufficient compensation for them to put right the damage caused.
You cannot claim compensation just because someone else has done something wrong; you have to be able to prove that this has caused you an injury . To make a claim for dental negligence compensation, you have to be able to prove two things:
- the health professional acted in a way that no responsible or reasonable practitioner would have done (“negligence”): and
- you have suffered a physical or psychological injury as a direct result of the negligent act or acts (“causation”).
How long have I got to claim?
Dental negligence claims normally have a three-year time limit, but there are exceptions for those aged 18 or under and for clients who suffer from a mental disability. The three-year time limit runs from either the date of injury, or the date on which you first suspected, or became aware of, your injury, whichever is sooner.
There are exceptions to these rules, so it is important that you take advice from our specialist no win no fee dental negligence solicitors as soon as possible. We also recommend that you keep a diary of events to include your subsequent GP and hospital visits and expenses incurred as a result of your injuries (keeping receipts where possible).