Dental malpractice, also referred to as dental negligence, occurs when dentists make mistakes with treatments, leading to pain, suffering and expense for patients. Here are a few of the most common errors made by dentists:
- Cosmetic dentistry errors
- Incorrectly fitted implants
- Damage to teeth or gums
- Extraction errors, such as removing the wrong tooth
- Removing a tooth when repair is possible
- Poor quality root canal treatment
- Inadequate fillings/crowns
- Failing to manage gum disease or decay
All of these can have serious consequences for patients, causing physical pain and emotional strain, possibly even leading to time off work and loss of earnings.
Cosmetic dentistry has increased in popularity in recent years, and as a result, errors made by dentists carrying out cosmetic procedures have increased. Whilst these dentists should be specially trained, particularly if using Botox, hyaluronic acid or dermal fillers, this isn’t always the case, so you should always ensure your dentist is fully qualified and experienced in cosmetic procedures. Even then, mistakes do happen, and if you have suffered as a result of dental malpractice, you could claim for compensation.
Compensation for dental negligence
If you believe your dentist has been negligent and you have suffered as a result, you might be considering claiming for compensation. These types of claims require the services of a professional personal injury compensation specialist, and here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have more than 13 years’ experience dealing with dental malpractice claims. We’re backed by our patron, Esther Rantzen, UK consumer champion and TV personality, and accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and Lexcel, the Law Society’s practice management service, so you know you can trust us to deal with your case. Our advice line is open 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 and it’s free to call for confidential, no-obligation advice – we can usually tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim. If you do decide to proceed, our 100% no win, no fee service will ensure you keep more of the compensation you deserve.
Most dental malpractice claims can be processed in full over the phone, so there’s usually no need to worry about attending court, and your dentist should have liability insurance, which will cover them in the event of a claim by a patient. Why not head for our website where you can take our 30-second test, to find out how much you could claim, or give us a call today for a confidential chat and helpful advice?