Dentistry is a fascinating field to go into. It takes several years’ of training to become a dentist, after which you could work in the NHS or build up a private practice. Either way you will be attending to lots of different patients every day and treating various different problems, as well as conducting regular check-ups.
As far as safety is concerned, you wouldn’t think being a dentist was a particularly dangerous thing to do. You would be right in this respect. However, there are still potential problems and incidents that can happen. For example, needle-stick injuries may occur if inadequate care is taken to prevent this from happening. However, other incidents might happen that are not the fault of the dentist.
It is not uncommon for dentists to suffer from back injuries at one point or another. If you work in a surgery and your employer has not provided good-quality chairs and equipment, or risk-assessed the surgery for this purpose, you may have a greater chance of problems. Back problems can build up over time and if your employer does nothing to try and alleviate them, this could open the way for a compensation claim to be made.
Alternatively you might be attacked by a patient while they are receiving treatment, or even before or after this occurs. This may lead to physical injuries as well as mental ones. When something like this happens there can be occasions when the individual will not be able to return to work.
Other instances of injuries
Dentist injury compensation might also be warranted in more simple circumstances. You could slip up if the floor in the surgery has been cleaned and is still wet, yet has not been indicated as such by warning signs. You might trip over a carpet or the cable from a vacuum if either are in a position to cause this to happen.
As you can imagine, considering whether dentist injury compensation is a possibility is well worth doing. Accident Advice Helpline might be able to help in this respect. You can call us on 0800 689 0500 and determine whether there is a chance to make a no win, no fee* claim. This means there would be no financial risk to you even if there is a slim chance you may not win any compensation from your court case.
Date Published: September 29, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead