An injury that is suffered by many people after a slip, trip or fall, a road accident or an assault is the loss of their front teeth. This is actually more common than you might think, and you could be eligible to receive a substantial amount of compensation if you have lost one or more of your front teeth. In fact if you’ve lost two or more front teeth and you’re wondering how much could you get for your front teeth being knocked out, the answer could range from £1,000 to £7,500.
Claiming compensation after losing teeth
Whether you have lost your teeth after an accident at work or a road traffic accident, you could find you’re entitled to claim compensation not only for your pain and suffering but also for the cost of dental treatment and expenses (which may or may not be available on the NHS), the cost of taxi fares to your dentist and also any loss of earnings you have suffered after taking time off work as a result of your injuries. If you have been injured due to an assault – for example if you’re assaulted whilst working as a prison officer – you may be able to claim compensation if your employer put you in a dangerous position, and this is something that a professional personal injury advisor can help you with.
Accident Advice Helpline has over 16 years’ experience handling personal injury claims and during that time we have handled hundreds of claims for lost teeth. So if you’re wondering how much you could get for your front teeth being knocked out, then get in touch with us within three years of your accident.
What to do if your teeth are knocked out
Before asking ‘How much could you get for your front teeth being knocked out?’ It’s important to get the right treatment. The steps you take after your teeth are knocked out could affect your prognosis and recovery. Provided you haven’t sustained other injuries and are fit and well enough to do so, you may be able to ’re-implant’ your tooth if it is still intact. If possible, the tooth should be rinsed in milk (not water, as this can be damaging) and then you can try pushing it gently back into the socket. Use a clean tissue or handkerchief to gently hold the tooth in place until you can get to your emergency dentist.
If you’re unable to re-implant the tooth yourself, then store it in milk or saliva to protect the nerves in the root. It’s important to see a dentist for an emergency appointment as soon as possible as the sooner you can get dental treatment, the better your prognosis. If you are not registered with a dentist then you can usually get emergency dental treatment at a hospital.
What’s the treatment for knocked out teeth?
There are a number of options available to you if you have had one or more teeth knocked out and the cost of the treatment you have can affect how much you could get for your front teeth being knocked out. For example you may be eligible to have implants, a bridge (with a false tooth or teeth attached), or dentures fitted, or orthodontic treatment to mask the gap in your teeth if you have lost just a single tooth. Some of these treatments will be available on the NHS whilst others may need to be paid for privately and you will usually find that implants are the most expensive option. Your dentist will be able to recommend the most suitable treatment and fill out a dental injury report that can be used as evidence if you later decide to claim compensation after your accident.
Other injuries sustained after a slip, trip or fall
If you’re asking how much could you get for your front teeth being knocked out because you were hurt in a slip, trip or fall then you may have sustained other injuries too. Did you know that slips, trips and falls are collectively the single most common causes of accidents in UK workplaces? The main causes of these types of accidents range from uneven floor surfaces to wet floors, poor lighting and trailing cables – and you could be injured in almost any type of workplace. Whilst most injuries sustained in a slip, trip or fall tend to be minor, such as cuts and bruises or a sprained ankle, there is always the potential for more serious injuries to occur.
For example, if you hit your head on a desk or the ground as you fall, you could knock your front teeth out or suffer a facial, eye or head injury. Same-level falls account for over 60% of all fall-related injuries, with women aged 55 to 64 three times more likely to suffer a severe fall than women aged 15 to 24. In the UK, slips, trips and falls accounted for 19% of all reported workplace accidents in 2015/16. But you could just as easily trip or slip in a public place, such as a wet floor in a shop or an icy car park at the supermarket – and somebody else could be held liable for your injuries.
How much could you get for your front teeth being knocked out?
If you’re wondering how much could you get for your front teeth being knocked out, unfortunately there is no definitive answer for you. We handle all claims on an individual basis to ensure that we get you the right amount of compensation for your pain, suffering and financial losses. But if you’d like an idea of how much you could get for your front teeth being knocked out then you can take the 30-second test here on our website, which will let you know how much you could be entitled to claim.
If you have sustained other, more serious, injuries or if the cost of your dental treatment was high, then you could receive a more substantial settlement. It’s worth getting in touch with us even if you are unsure about making a claim, as we can answer any questions you have about the claims process. Just call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 (or call 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to find out more about making a 100% no-win, no-fee claim.
Date Published: 10th October 2013
Author: Louise Thacker