Compensation for Poor Dental Treatment
Thanks to the NHS and private care available, many people are more than happy with their dental care. However, in some cases, even a check-up can result in disaster with the patient left in pain, suffering and with no idea why.
Just as other healthcare providers have a duty to ensure that they treat all of their patients with the upmost care and attention, as do dentists, and should this duty fail then the person affected by their negligence may be entitled to make a compensation claim in Teignmouth.
When Dentistry Goes Wrong
As is the case with their medical counterparts, when a dentist fails in their duty towards their patients, the error is known as dental negligence. Dental negligence can fall into a number of categories:
- Misdiagnosis. Just as many medical conditions may be made more severe or a prognosis less positive by a failure to diagnose that problem, many dental conditions may be exactly the same. The pain and suffering of the condition could increase as a result of the lack of correct diagnosis or the condition itself could worsen or spread.
- Unnecessary Treatment. Although there are many people who leave their dentist poorer in the pocket and wondering why the treatment they just paid a fortune for was necessary, dentists are forbidden as part of their Hippocratic Oath from carrying out any work which is unnecessary, and therefore a compensation claim Teignmouth for negligence may be appropriate in this situation.
- Carelessness. Whether the carelessness occurs as part of a treatment, a procedure or refers to lax hygiene or procedures, the carelessness of a dental surgeon or hygienist during treatment could lead to complications or pain following treatment.
The Damage of Dental Harm
In many cases, any of the above forms of negligence could either cause a problem or ensure that an existing problem worsens.
Many people would agree that there are few things in life which are worse than dental pain. Whether the pain affects the teeth, gums or other area inside the mouth, most people experience severe pain which is often unaffected by over the counter pain medication, a feeling of helplessness and little to do but wait for an emergency treatment where they can only hope that their symptoms will be properly diagnosed and managed.
After the event, it is only natural that the injured party would feel angry towards the person who caused their pain and suffering, and in the event that said pain and suffering was caused by the negligent behaviour of a dentist or dental professional then a compensation claim in Teignmouth is available to recognise and try to make amends for their pain and suffering.
Seeking a Compensation Claim in Teignmouth
If you have experienced dental negligence then Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in making a compensation claim in Teignmouth. We have over 14 years’ experience and our 30 second test could quickly and accurately tell you if your claim is valid.
Date Published: 4th September 2013
Author: David Brown