We are often asked, “Can I claim for dental negligence?”. The complex and delicate nature of dentistry can make it hard to determine such cases; in fact they are often the most complex claims we have to deal with. There are several mistakes your dentist can make, which could be interpreted as dental negligence. If you think you have a qualifying claim, a quick call to Accident Advice Helpline could help you claim compensation.
Failure to diagnose or treat gum disease, poorly executed root canal work, or a failure to explain all the treatment options available, can all qualify as dental negligence. Our smile is often thought of as a key element of self-confidence and social interaction, so any damage in this area can be devastating, especially if caused by a dental professional. If a lack of treatment, poor quality of treatment, or mistreatment by your dentist has resulted in pain or damage to your mouth and general health, you may be able to claim for dental negligence.
Gum disease and cosmetic care
One of the easiest cases of dental negligence is a failure to spot gum disease. If you have regular dental treatment and your dentists fails to diagnose gum disease or if they offer ineffectual treatment, which does not cure the problem, this is a clear sign of dental negligence. Gum disease is one of the most common dental complaints, but, it is easy to diagnose and rectify. Restorative treatment for advanced gum disease, on the other hand, is a painful and expensive process. If you have regular dental appointments and your dentist fails to diagnose and treat gum disease, you should call Accident Advice Helpline today, as you may be able to get compensation.
Treatment options and root canals
One of the most common complaints we receive concerning dental negligence relates to the treatment options offered. It is the dentist’s duty to explain all the possible options and what their benefits and drawbacks are. If your dentist leads you to believe that only one form of treatment is available; for example, an extraction, when a root canal or filling may be just as effective, it may be possible for you to claim for dental negligence.
A root canal can be a painful and delicate procedure, even when administered correctly. Ongoing pain can result if your dentist fails to remove the entire root, does not fill the canal properly, or leaves small shards of broken tooth inside the gums. If any such failings of treatment occur, you may be able to claim for dental negligence.
Making a Claim for Dental Negligence
The first step in making a claim is to contact Accident Advice Helpline by calling 0800 689 0500. Our friendly advisers will be able to quickly assess whether you have a valid claim and outline the steps that will be required in order to obtain compensation. If you do have a case, we will provide a specialist dental negligence solicitor who will be able to further assess your claim and instigate the legal procedure.
If you believe you have been the victim of dental negligence, do not hesitate, call Accident Advice Helpline today and we will do all we can to ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to.
Date Published: October 16, 2013
Author: David Brown