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Home > News > Negligent dental care causes permanent pain and discomfort

26th July 2010

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.

Dental negligence by trusted dentist

Our client in this dental negligence compensation claim had been treated by the same dentist for several years and had not previously experienced any problems regarding either his dental care or his mouth, lips or jaw generally.

Our client was suffering from discomfort in his lower right pre-molar tooth and was advised by his regular dentist that he needed to have the tooth removed. Trusting his dentist of several years, our client went ahead with the tooth extraction procedure.

During the treatment, which lasted an hour, our client felt that his dentist experienced considerable difficulty in removing the pre-molar. Four local anaesthetic injections were administered, but our client still experienced pain and discomfort during the lengthy procedure.

The immediate effects of dental negligence

In the days immediately following this procedure, our client found that his face, neck and cheek were all badly bruised and swollen. He suffered extreme pain and discomfort, numbness to his lip, and the whole area was extremely sensitive. He was also self-conscious as he felt that his lip drooped and caused him to salivate when eating or talking. He is also unable to sense whether food is hot or cold.

Months of suffering following dental negligence

Although our client made repeated visits to his dentist, he was always told that it would take time for his condition to improve, but his symptoms would eventually subside. However, a year later, there had been little improvement and his dentist finally referred him to an oral surgeon.

Oral surgeon confirms permanent dental negligence injury

Our client was x-rayed and advised by the surgeon that the problem had been caused by an injury to a nerve in his mouth during the procedure to remove the lower pre-molar. The oral surgeon further advised our client that for various reasons, surgery was not an option for him and that the symptoms he was experiencing would be permanent. Our client had not been advised that there was any risk involved in the procedure carried out by his dentist.

When he returned to discuss the matter with his negligent dentist, he was merely advised that he had never seen an injury of this nature in the years he had been practising. He still suggested that our client would see an improvement in time, but offered no explanation as to how the injury had occurred.

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 now on 0800 783 9019. Alternatively, please complete one of our online compensation claim forms and a representative will contact you as soon as possible.

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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