Dentists, like doctors and nurses, are required to meet a duty of care when treating their patients. If the treatment falls below the required standard, dental patients can suffer painful complications, multiple follow-up procedures and unnecessary emotional hardship. Contact Graham Coffey & Co. Solicitors if you believe you may have grounds for making a dental negligence compensation claim.
Time Period to Make a Claim
A victim of dental negligence has a period of three years from the date of incident to lodge papers at court and commence proceedings against the dentist or at-fault party. In some cases however, it may be possible to argue that the three-year limitation period starts on the date that the victim of the negligence became aware that the treatment given was of a negligent standard. It is important, therefore, to establish that the identifiable injury or medical condition arose directly from the dental negligence or malpractice.
Did Your Dentist Fail to Meet the Required Standard of Care?
To meet the required standard for dental negligence, the victim must demonstrate that the treatment given was not of a standard that would be provided by a reasonable and competent member of the dental profession.
Dental negligence claims can be made against dental professionals for failure to diagnose a dental condition and careless treatment, including:
- Poorly fitted crowns
- Improper fillings
- Tooth/nerve damage
- Extraction of the wrong tooth
- Damage caused to jaw/mouth/tongue
- Careless dental work
- Misdiagnosis of dental problem
- Unnecessary root canal work
- Facial laceration and laceration of gums, requiring stitches
- Mistakes during wisdom teeth removal
- Orthodontist negligence (errors during orthodontic treatment, including careless fitting of braces and retainers)
- Endodontist negligence (specialist root canal procedures)
- Inadequate sterilization of dental instruments, leading to infection
- Dental Hygienist Negligence
Dental Negligence Case Study
We represented Mr M. who, having seen his dentist, was sent to see the hygienist. The hygienist applied an excessive amount of force and, as a result, snapped Mr. M.'s dental bridge, causing him injury and lasting damage.
We have also handled cases involving tooth extraction procedures that resulted in broken jaws, as well as cases where clients sustained damage to existing bridges, crowns and fillings during new dental procedures.