Dental surgery compensation claims: what happens when dental care goes wrong?

Nobody consciously looks forward to visiting the dentist: it just isn’t natural. It’s unfortunately one of life’s trials that we all have to go through at some stage or other. The good news is that the majority of dental treatments pass without a problem: however, errors can occasionally happen and these can lead to unnecessary pain and suffering.

Reputable dental surgeons, dentists and orthodontists are usually registered members of either the British Dental Association (BDA) or the British Orthodontic Society (BOS). However, with the rise in popularity of cosmetic dental treatments and private dental healthcare, more private and NHS dental patients are falling victim to negligent dental care and poor dental surgery. Harold Stock & Co Solicitors helps both private dental patients and NHS dental patients make no win no fee dental surgery compensation claims when dental care goes wrong.

Who can claim dental negligence compensation?

Dental negligence claims are no different than any other personal injury compensation claim, in that it’s not sufficient to say your unhappy with the standard of care you received. For a successful dental negligence claim you must be able to prove that your dental care has resulted in an injury that has been caused directly through substandard dental care or negligence. But what are these standards? Well, the general standards of dental care are outlined in the General Dental Council guidance “Standards for Dental Professionals.” Unfortunately what they don’t define is what the acceptable standards for various technical procedures are. It is therefore up to the courts to determine whether the standard of dental care has been negligent.

What injuries can you claim for?

Dental negligence can have a number of repercussions; these include financial loss, physical pain and psychological trauma. Everyone has the right to a high standard of care, but Harold Stock & Co is here to help if you feel you’ve received negligent treatment. We can help you if you’ve suffered as a consequence of:

  •  Delay or incorrect diagnosis – including oral cancer misdiagnosis
  • Nerve injury
  •  Cosmetic dentistry problems
  • Restorative dentistry errors
  • Undiagnosed periodontal disease
  • Improper administration of anaesthetic
  • Incorrect tooth extraction

Are there time limits to dental negligence claims?

Dental negligence claims normally have a three year time limit; though it should be noted that as symptoms don’t necessarily always occur straight after treatment, the three year limit can start from when the symptoms are first linked to dental errors. There are also exceptions to the 3 year rule for people aged 18 or under and clients who suffer from a mental disability.

How can Harold Stock & Co’s dental negligence solicitors help you?

If you’ve experienced a form of dental negligence, our solicitors could help you secure the compensation you’re entitled to. Our lawyers have the knowledge and experience to make a real difference. We provide guidance throughout the claim process and secure settlements that are tailored to your care needs. We can provide a free initial consultation before reviewing your case and recommend the best source of funding for you.

If we believe your case would be best served under a No Win No Fee agreement, then you won’t have to pay any money upfront. In successful No Win No Fee claims, most of the fees are paid by your opponent. If your case is unsuccessful, you pay nothing and the legal fees are covered by an insurance policy.

For more information about our dental negligence compensation services, contact Harold Stock & Co on 01457 835597 or email info@haroldstock.com.

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