Incorrect Dental Treatment

Receiving the incorrect dental treatment could be due to any of the following:

  • A surgical error: surgical errors present themselves in a number of ways. Badly performed surgery or surgery which has been administered by an under-qualified individual come under this category. Unforeseeable complications in procedures which are not the fault of the dentist themselves do not come under this category.
  • An administration error: previously successful claims due to administration errors have included compensation for a woman who had a tooth unnecessarily removed due to an error with patient records.
  • A prescribing error: this could be a dosage error, an error in the drug prescribed, or a drug administered which the patient is allergic to amongst other things.
  • Misdiagnosis: either misdiagnosis of the problem itself leading to incorrect treatment being given, or misdiagnosis of where the problem is stemming from leading to the wrong area of the mouth being treated.

Making A Negligence Claim

To make a dental negligence claim, you must enter the claim within 3 years from the date of the problem. However, as with any negligence claim or personal injury claim, the sooner you do enter into the process the more likely your claim is to be successful given that you will be in the best position to provide accurate evidence to support your claim. This evidence may be given as a written statement and/or a verbal interview and will always include a medical assessment by an impartial legal doctor who will assess the extent of your injuries.


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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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