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If you receive substandard or inappropriate medical care and you're injured as a result, you could be entitled to claim compensation.

Dental Negligence

We know that visiting the dentist can be a nerve-wracking experience at the best of times.

If you’ve been injured after receiving substandard treatment at a private or NHS dentist, you may be entitled to claim dental negligence compensation.

 

 

Examples of dental negligence

Typical cases of dental negligence include:

Substandard treatment: Your dentist performs a procedure, such as a root canal or tooth removal incorrectly, resulting in pain or discomfort that could have been avoided, or removes the wrong tooth

Misdiagnosis: You have a dental problem, such as tooth decay, that isn’t correctly diagnosed by your dentist, meaning you need further treatment

Cosmetic errors: Your dentist carries out a procedure that results in scarring or the loss of one or more teeth

Dental care – your rights

Ethical treatment while making a claim

Dentists, like any other healthcare provider, have a duty of care to treat all of their patients in the most ethical way possible. All patients are legally entitled to receive a good standard of treatment.

Your legal right to make a claim

If you’ve received negligent dental care and suffered an injury as a result, you’re legally entitled to make a claim. You should note that any dental negligence compensation you receive is paid by your dentist’s insurance company, and not by the dental surgery itself.

The right to make a formal complaint

If you would like to make a complaint, you should contact the surgery, who will tell you about their complaints procedure. Alternatively, you can contact the General Dental Council (GDC) to make a formal complaint and request an explanation and an apology.

Your complaint can highlight unsafe or unsuitable practises being carried out by your local dentist, thereby improving the standard of care provided to other patients. This does not stop you making a medical negligence claim.

Are you thinking about claiming compensation?

To find out if you’re eligible to claim dental negligence compensation, you can call us today for a free, no obligation consultation. Our legally trained advisors can tell you within minutes whether they believe you may have a dental negligence claim.

Dental Negligence

"You always have to remember that dentists are insured".
Neil Clayton, medical negligence solicitor

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