Mistakes during dental treatment could be the reason for many patients dreading the sixth monthly check-up, but errors can be made in any area of medicine and it’s your right as a patient to take action if it happens.
It’s been reported that in 2012, the Dental Defence Union saw a 32% increase in dental negligence claims. This increase might suggest that patients are now more aware of their right to bring forward a claim in dental negligence.
At the Medical Accident Group, we have experience in dealing with a range of dental negligence claims. Whilst working at the Medical Accident Group, I have seen many examples of dental negligence claims, including cases where treatment has been carried out on the wrong tooth, patients have suffered nerve damage as a result of local anaesthetic and dentists have neglected to treat peri-dontal disease.
In a successful dental negligence claim, as in all medical negligence claims, compensation will be calculated on the basis of the patient’s pain and suffering. In addition to this there is also a consideration of the cost of the negligent treatment received and any corrective treatment needed, which can be expensive. A successful dental negligence claim could provide you with the money to fund any further treatment you may require.
If you believe that a mistake has been made, seek advice from an appropriate dental practitioner and undergo any corrective treatment as necessary. Corrective dental treatment ought not to be delayed unnecessarily if you are considering making a dental negligence claim.
If you are visiting a private practice for your treatment, ensure that you settle all outstanding invoices. Should the treatment you received be found to be negligent, the cost of the treatment may be recoverable, however should you refuse to pay for treatment, the dental practice may seek a court order to recover their costs from you.
Have you suffered substandard dental negligence?
If so, The Medical Accident Group is a team of dedicated clinical negligence solicitors, with experience in handling these types of cases. If you believe you have a case, call the Medical Accident Group now on 0800 050 1668