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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    The causes of dental negligence claims


    We all trust doctors, dentists and other medical professionals, but sometimes things do go wrong. If you receive substandard dental treatment and are injured as a result, you could claim for dental negligence.

    Two causes

    There are two main causes of dental negligence claims:

    • Misdiagnosis or lack of treatment
    • Inadequate technique

    For example, with cosmetic procedures such as bridges, implants and veneers, there are both positive and negative points, and your dentist should talk you through all of these so that you are fully informed before opting to proceed with treatment.

    They should also ensure that the treatment chosen is suitable for your as an individual. In the case of dental implants, there have been several dental negligence cases where adjacent teeth have been damaged by inadequate technique

    Misinformation and dental negligence

    If your dentist fails to inform you of all the available treatment options available to you, for example, if they extract a tooth when it would have been possible for you to have root canal treatment, then you may be able to claim for dental negligence. As a professional, it is the dentist’s responsibility to ensure you’re fully informed about all the available options.

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    Other examples of when claims are possible include tooth extraction claims, where surrounding teeth or nerves are damaged; gum disease, for example if your dentist has failed to diagnose or properly treat your gum disease; or root canal surgery.

    How to claim

    If you think that you may have a claim for dental negligence, just 30 seconds on the phone with one of our advisers will tell you whether or not your claim is viable, and because our number is free to call and our team are on hand 24/7, you can ring at any time of day or night.

    Accident Advice Helpline offer free, confidential advice with no obligation to proceed, and if you do decide to move ahead with your dental negligence claim, we offer a 100% no win, no fee* service, so you really do have nothing to lose. Because we have been helping people since 2000, we’re experienced in the field of dental and medical negligence claims, so we offer you the best possible opportunity to claim the compensation you deserve.

    When it comes to dental negligence, there is little point in waiting around – call us as soon as possible after your treatment and we can start the claims process. Because most claims can be processed fully over the phone, it’s unlikely that you will need to attend court.

    Date Published: November 19, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.