Dental Misdiagnosis

Dental Misdiagnosis

Dental misdiagnosis can be painful, time consuming and irritating. However, misdiagnosis does not always mean negligence. Unfortunately some issues are just very rare or difficult to detect. Cases which do lead to dental negligence claims are cases in which it is thought that a reasonable body of medical professionals would have been able to make the diagnosis and therefore would not have delayed the treatment as long as your negligent dentist did.

What is Dental Misdiagnosis?

Dental misdiagnosis negligence claims would be likely to be successful if you have been a victim of negligence that has caused you to suffer unnecessarily due to the negligent actions of a third party. For example:

  • Misdiagnosis of the problem tooth and removal of an incorrect tooth
  • Unnecessary tooth removal due to misdiagnosis
  • Incorrect drugs administered due to misdiagnosis
  • Lack of treatment of the original condition (eg failure to diagnose gum disease or tooth decay)

The third party could be either the dentist themselves, a dental technician or a dental nurse. All of the dental professionals have a duty to provide you with adequate treatment whilst you are in their care.

The most serious diagnosis issue that could occur would be a total failure to diagnose the issue at hand at all, leading to possible complications, more severe treatments having to be performed or even lasting issues into later life.

What are the Costs?

1stClaims does not charge you for using our service and all initial enquiries with our Solicitors are also free of charge, so rest assured, this initial step of making an enquiry will not cost you anything.

Once one of our Solicitors has assessed the merits of your enquiry they will make a judgement on the likely chances of bringing a successful claim and if the prospects are good, they will normally offer to take your case on a No Win No Fee basis. NOTE: If your case is successful your Solicitor will deduct up to a maximum of 25% of your final settlement or compensation award as payment for their fees. You can find out more about No Win No Fee arrangements and the potential costs that can be incurred by clicking here.

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