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Dental negligence compensation claims

Standards of dental treatment in the UK

The UK has an enviable reputation for providing a high standard of medical treatment, including dental treatment. Most dental practitioners are dedicated professionals working to provide every one of their patients with the highest quality care that they can.

Unfortunately, mistakes do sometimes happen and when they do, Clear Answers’ specialist team of dental negligence lawyers can advise you on the most appropriate course of action. Often an apology and recognition that a mistake has been made will be sufficient.

However, in some cases, the damage is so severe, or the negligence is denied, so that the only course of action that a patient has is to instigate an investigation, frequently leading to an award of dental negligence compensation. This not only provides injury compensation for their suffering but also hopefully goes some way to ensure that such mistakes do not happen to someone else.

Please select one of the links below for more information on dental negligence compensation and how Clear Answers may be able to help you

Dental negligence claim process

Specialist legal advice

Clear Answers’ specialist personal injury lawyers have offices nationwide, with specialist dental negligence lawyers waiting to help you. Your claim will be allocated to an appropriately qualified lawyer with extensive experience of handling dental negligence claims and the detailed medical knowledge required to ensure a successful conclusion. They will discuss all the options available to you and whether you may have a valid claim for dental negligence compensation.

Access to dental records

Following changes in the data protection regulations, patients are now able to see their dental records without offering a reason for doing so. Frequently, patients are told that they need to retain the services of a solicitor to do this, and although Clear Answers will naturally be happy to assist, this is not the case.

To access your own medical records, you need to make an application to the practice manager, and there may be a form to complete. There may also be a charge if you require any copies, but normally you will be allowed to read your records without charge.

Access to dental professionals

If the records show that you may have a possible valid injury compensation claim, we would engage an expert medical professional to assess your condition and treatment. We have built strong relationships with many dental professionals who we can call upon to provide not only the initial judgement on your injury, but who will be able to present their opinion in court if necessary. When all these checks have been carried out, we would then be in a position to give you our decision about whether you have a valid dental negligence compensation claim.

Team system for handling dental injury compensation claims

In addition to all the benefits of using a law firm that provides a specialist dental negligence legal service, Clear Answers operates a team system. This means that if your lawyer is not available for any reason, someone else in the team will be fully aware of your particular claim and be able to assist you at all times.

Options for obtaining dental negligence compensation

If you do decide to ask Clear Answers to represent you in bringing a claim for dental negligence compensation, where possible, we would seek to negotiate appropriate compensation for your injuries. However, in the event that negligence is denied, or an unacceptable level of injury compensation is offered, it may be necessary for us to issue court proceedings in order to achieve a successful conclusion.

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Changes in dental treatment

Over the last decade or so, the provision of dental care has changed significantly in the UK. Many previously NHS dental practitioners have elected to convert to private practice, causing a significant shortage of NHS dentists in many areas.

Even if you are fortunate enough to be able to register with an NHS practice, there is often a bewildering array of treatments, and an equally bewildering array of prices. Only the basic procedures and finishes are available on the NHS, and even these are subject to a scale of charges. In many cases, patients are electing to pay for finishes which are more cosmetically pleasing but which attract a much higher cost than the NHS basic alternatives.

Whether you are treated in a private or an NHS practice, these changes in treatment charges have inevitably meant that patients are much more aware of the cost of dental work and more demanding of the results of their dental treatment.

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Trends in dental compensation claims

The increase in the cost of dental treatment, and the general awareness of patient rights, has led to a significant increase in the number of dental negligence compensation claims that have been brought over the last few years, awarding fair and just compensation for many injured patients.

There are several reasons why this increase has occurred. Firstly, when patients are not satisfied with the results, or the treatment itself, they are now more aware that they do not have to suffer silently. Patients who have suffered negligence at the hands of a dental practitioner now rightly demand compensation for either their suffering, or the unsightly results of the treatment, which they may have to bear for the rest of their lives.

A second change is that with the increasing number of practices converting to private treatments, the market is becoming increasingly competitive. Where previously medical professionals have been reluctant to criticise another professional’s work, the need to attract and retain private patients has removed much of the reticence to speak out against their peers. So patients who might previously have wanted to seek compensation, but were unable to gather sufficient evidence, are now able to obtain professional medical witnesses as to the negligence they have suffered.

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Valid dental negligence claims

Like all personal injury compensation claims, it is not sufficient to say that you are not happy with your dental care. 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.

These standards are outlined in the General Dental Council guidance, although they do not attempt to define what the acceptable standards are for various technical procedures.

In many cases, there is a lack of detailed clinical notes on a patient’s records that describe the procedures carried out. As a result, it may not be immediately obvious whether a particular outcome constitutes negligence.

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Compensation claims news stories

Clear Answers' lawyers deal with very many successful cases of personal injury claims, including dental negligence. We have teams of experts with a wealth of experience in your type of accident or injury, waiting to help you claim your rightful compensation.

Please visit our regularly updated Personal Injury News Section to view some examples of our successful personal injury accident compensation claims, and related news items which we hope will be of interest.

Below is just one example of a claim for dental negligence compensation for which we secured substantial compensation for our clients injury.

Negligent dental care causes permanent pain and discomfort

Our specialist dental negligence lawyers were able to secure almost £12,000 in compensation for our client in this dental negligence compensation claim, though naturally, he would prefer not to have to live with injury.
More about Negligent dental care causes permanent pain and discomfort

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Making a dental negligence compensation claim

Have you or a member of your family suffered as a result of dental negligence? Strict time limits apply for making a personal injury compensation claim, so please seek expert legal advice as soon as you think you may have a valid claim for compensation.

Please go to our Costs and Risks section for more detailed information on how Clear Answers will handle your claim and funding.

For more information about our service or for advice about whether we can assist you with a dental negligence compensation claim, please contact us today on 0800 783 9019. Alternatively, please complete one of our online compensation claim forms and a representative will contact you as soon as possible. Or visit our section on information and advice for more details on making a personal injury compensation claim.

Alternative funding arrangements may apply in Northern Ireland due to differing procedures and Law Society regulations.

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