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Dental malpractice, or dental negligence, can be defined as avoidable injury caused by a dentist who fails to take the proper care. Any case where a dentist has performed poorly, negligently or inappropriately which results in avoidable harm being caused to a patient can lead to a dental negligence compensation claim
A dental negligence claim can be made if you or a patient have recieved substandard care from the NHS or a private dentist office which has lead to an injury that could have been avoided. Having work done to your teeth or gums can naturally be painful but if you find that the patient was extreme and has lasted much longer than it should then you could claim.
Negligent use of anesthesia can also be claimed against, especially as anesthesia can leave a patient permanent damaged if the incorrect dose has been used. Allergic reactions can also be caused if the dentist failed to review medical records beforehand.
Lastly, misdiagnosis of ailments such as oral cancer can also happen if the dentist has not been thorough with their examination or failed to treat or refer if they spot any cancerous signs.
A dental negligence claim is a claim in one category of clinical negligence. Like with clinical negligence, a dental claim can be made if you have sustained any form of personal injury, which may include psychological suffering or financial loss, as well as physical harm, as a result of a dentist’s negligent work.
There are many different types of dental negligence that can inform a dental claim, including but not limited to:
- The extraction of the wrong tooth or teeth
- Misdiagnosis, missed diagnosis, delayed or failed diagnosis
- Dentist carelessness, including failure to remove unplanned foreign objects during treatment
- Failure to provide a treatment plan, preventative or oral hygiene advice
- Inadequate radiology or imaging
Why should I claim compensation?
Your injuries may require treatment that need to be paid for; or your injuries may force you to take time off work, resulting in loss of earnings. In the case of a serious work injury, it may have ruined your prospects of a future or dream job.
By making a workplace accident claim, we will get you compensation that pays you for what you lost financially.Also, a claim against your employer will highlight how your accident happened and make them aware of this so they can take the steps to prevent such a situation from happening to other employees.
How long after my work accident can I still claim?
Your injuries may require treatment that need to be paid for; or your injuries may force you to take time off work, resulting in loss of earnings. In the case of a serious work injury, it may have ruined your prospects of a future or dream job. By making a workplace accident claim, we will get you compensation that pays you for what you lost financially.Also, a claim against your employer will highlight how your accident happened and make them aware of this so they can take the steps to prevent such a situation from happening to other employees.
How long after my accident can I still claim?
Usually you have up to 3 years from when the accident occurred to make a claim.
For industrial disease claims, you have 3 years from when you realise that your symptoms are caused by a work-related illness, or when it is discovered by a medical expert.
How much compensation will I get?
There are many factors that determine how much compensation you will get, such as:
• what part(s) of the body you have injured
• the severity of the injury
• how long it will take to fully recover
• any loss of earnings
• payment for treatment
• and more…
Every case is different so we cannot say upfront how much compensation you are due.
Do I need to go to court?
Only 5% of cases we handle go to trial. The court is seen as a last resort when neither side can come to an agreement on liability (the fault of the accident), or settlement offer, or other.
We will always try to do everything we can to settle a case before it reaches the court. In the event it does reach the court, we will fully support and prepare you for this.
What is NO WIN, NO FEE?
It is an agreement that we will only charge for our service if we help you win your case. In the reverse, this also means that you will not have to pay us for our time if your claim is unsuccessful. The majority of personal injury claims we take on will be on a no win, no fee policy. This will be made clear to you when you bring your claim to us.
The no win, no fee system makes us affordable to all because there are no upfront costs to pay. Simply pick up the phone, tell us about the accident and we will assess whether we can help you with your claim or not.
At Driscoll Kingston Solicitors we can help you claim compensation for an injury which happened at work. Whether you were working as a full or part time employee, a self-employed contractor or a casual or temporary worker you are entitled to claim compensation. Every employer is required by law to have Employers Liability Insurance in place to cover employees involved in accidents at work. The compensation is usually brought against the Employer’s Liability Insurance company not the employer directly.
Driscoll Kingston Solicitors have a team of experts in this area who will guide and support you through the claims process. We understand that it can often be difficult to consider pursuing a claim for compensation from your employer and can feel intimidating even though you are entitled to claim compensation. Let us assist you through this complex procedure. Call us today and speak to one of our specialist solicitors who will explain the claims process and advise you on how successful your work accident claim will be. Driscoll Kingston Solicitors act on a no win no fee basis where possible, 98% of our Accident at Work Claims are on a no win no fee basis which means there is no financial risk to you.