Dental Negligence claims

Women's teeth being checked by dentist
Dentists owe their patients a duty of care when performing dental procedures. If a dentist has failed to provide the required level of care it can cause a patient pain and requiring further procedures to rectify mistakes.

If you have sustained injury as a result of dental negligence and have been left dealing with the pain and unnecessary procedures, you could be entitled to claim dental negligence compensation against your dentist.

What Is Dental Negligence?

Dental negligence, either from a NHS dental surgery or a private clinic, occurs when a dental professional provides substantial treatment leaving a patient with further pain.

Types of dental negligence:

  • Inadequate treatment – This could be from a dentist not using correct techniques or treatments which has resulted in long term or serious consequences for the patient
  • Misdiagnosis – This is where a dentist has failed to diagnose an existing condition which has meant the problem has not been treated correctly and has caused further damage.
  • Careless dental work – This covers a wide range of issues including cutting the patients gum during a procedure or extracting the wrong tooth.

As all claims are different the main factors that are taken into consideration when dealing with dental negligence cases includes:

  • Type of injury
  • Trauma suffered
  • Severity of the pain
  • Persistence of pain
  • Whether the injury are short or long term

Claiming Compensation For Dental Negligence?

When claiming dental negligence against your dentist it is required you file your claim within two years of the date of knowledge. The date of knowledge is the day the injury was sustained.

If you have been affected by dental negligence our medical negligence solicitors can help you. Mellor Hargreaves are highly experienced in providing clients legal advice and representation. We offer support throughout your compensation claim.

If you would like to speak to one of our medical negligence specialists you can call us on 0800 811 844.