Poorly Administered Dental Treatment

When we receive any type of medical treatment, we put our trust in the professionals who are treating us. We expect them to do the best job they can and hope them to ultimately make us better. When the dental treatment we receive is not up to the correct standard, we deserve compensation for the negligent behaviour of the medical professional providing us care, be this a dentist themselves or a dental nurse.

Dental treatment can be complicated, and is with any surgical procedure sometimes complications do arise. Complications with surgical treatments do not automatically equal dental negligence. However there are some situations which are likely to be deemed as negligent in the eyes of the law. These are as follows:

  • Dental negligence: this could be surgery performed by an under-qualified individual, or surgery which was badly performed to an extent that the surgery itself is deemed substandard.
  • Incorrect treatment: incorrect surgical procedure performed, such as the unnecessary or incorrect removal or tooth/teeth.
  • Poorly performed surgery
  • Incorrect drug administration: administering of drugs which the patient is known to be allergic to, administering drugs which conflict with medication the patient is already on, dosage errors and anaesthetic errors.
  • Failure to provide adequate aftercare
  • Failure to provide information regarding risks of the procedure
  • Failure to diagnose: this could be a failure to diagnose a disorder itself, a diagnosis that was not made in a timely fashion, or a misdiagnosis which caused the patient undue physical pain and emotional stress.
  • Administration errors leading to incorrect referrals
  • Failure to provide diagnostic tests such as x-rays.

Making A Claim for Poorly Administered Dental Treatment

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.

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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