How to Sue A Dentist

The dentist's chair. It is a common fear in childhood and adulthood for hundreds of people. Usually going to the dentist is not as bad as our fears would have us think, but sometimes - for the unlucky few - it is. If you have had an awful experience following a trip to the dentist's you will probably be thinking "I want to sue my dentist" alongside much else. This is a very valid thought to be having at this time, and it is likely to be possible. If a medical professional has provided you with a substandard service you are protected by UK law. It is possible to sue your dentist, whether they are an NHS dentist or a private dentist.

What Is Dental Negligence?

For you to be able to sue your dentist your solicitor will have to prove that they have been negligent. For a dentist to have been negligent it must be shown that a reasonable body of medical professionals would not have acted in the same way that they did. In this way it can be shown that your dentist has been negligent in the following ways:-

1. Dosage errors

2. Wrongful diagnosis

3. Missed diagnosis

4. Badly performed surgery

5. Wrong/unnecessary tooth removal

6. Treatment errors

Errors happen, and errors do not always equal negligence. However, if your dentist has made an error which could have been avoided and it has caused you physical, psychological and/or financial damage, you have probably been the victim of negligence.

Sueing Your Dentist For Negligence

To sue your dentist for negligence you firstly need to contact a specialist dental negligence lawyer. You must contact a lawyer within 3 years of the incident in question. You will not be able to sue your dentist beyond this deadline. It is advisable to contact a lawyer sooner rather than later because your experiences will be fresh in your mind at this point and your injuries will be at their most prominent. Make sure you keep a record of the effect your negligent dental work has had upon you, keep either a written or photographic diary and keep any receipts from any further work you have had to pay for or medication you have had to take. This will make providing information to your lawyer to support your claim as easy as possible.

You dental negligence claim will aim to provide you with a compensation figure which will cover all losses you have incurred as a direct result of your dentist's error. Your compensation amount will also be assessed in line with your injuries, both physical and psychological. If you need any advice regarding sueing your dentist get in touch with 1st Claims today. All initial enquiries are offered completely free of charge, simply call 0800 2888 693 (from a mobile click to call: 01275 774 557) or fill in an online enquiry.

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