Visiting the Dentist can be a worrying time, particularly if you feel nervous or apprehensive at the thought of treatment. However, for most of this this is purely an unnecessary concern and we find ourselves leaving the dental surgery feeling relieved and with our dental problems resolved.
However, what do we do if our visit to the Dentist leaves us stressed, worried or even in pain? If you feel that the treatment received from your Dentist may have been negligent, then it is worth finding out if you can sue for compensation.
Whether you paid for private treatment or were dealt with as an NHS patient, it makes no difference.
What sort of problems can you claim for?
If you think that you were treated without good reason or that the standard of treatment fell below that of a reasonably competent Dentist, may be you can look at claiming dental compensation.
Here are just a few examples of poor dental treatment that may provide valid reasons to claim:
- Teeth extracted wrongly or incorrectly
- Infections contracted due to lack of care
- Failure to pick up certain dental conditions which lead to complications
- Poor application of anaesthetic
- Failing to check medical history or allergies
- Problems due to staff being insufficiently trained or qualified
- Failure of cosmetic restoration work
Follow on events
As a result of any of the above, or some other similar medical problem, you may find yourself struggling with pain, infections, cosmetic damage and even further prolonged treatment to remedy what is wrong. Dental negligence can have far reaching effects and can affect patients – not just physically, but mentally too. This results in stress and trauma. The events can be long lasting and, in spite of remedial action being taken, you may be left with permanent damage to your mouth, teeth or gums.
Negligent treatment can also cost you more in Dental treatment fees to remedy the problem caused.
Proof of negligence
Before the compensation claim can begin, we will need to prove that your Dentist was in fact negligent. This is normally done by showing that if another professional had administered the treatment, they would not have done the same thing. We will therefore be looking to confirm that your Dentist acted wrongfully or incompetently with regard to:
- Incorrect dosage of medication
- Diagnosis being fatally flawed
- Diagnosis completely missed
- Dental Surgery carried out badly
- Teeth removed without good cause
- Serious errors with regard to treatment
- Failure to correctly manage and identify Gum disease.
Dentists, like any other medical professionals, are only human. Small errors can occur. However, if you have suffered due to actions by your Dentist that could have been avoided, a claim for compensation could be possible.
If your Dentist has caused you to suffer physically, mentally or even financially, then you need to consider making a claim for dental negligence. Contact us today for support.