Clinical Negligence – Dental Claims
Dental negligence claims arise when a dentist does not produce a standard of work comparable with that of his colleagues because he fails to employ the skill of an average general dental practitioner. However, once he accepts referrals from colleagues for specific aspects of treatment, he is offering a higher standard of care, that of a consultant. Dental treatment is not free from risk and this sometimes results in damage despite reasonable skill being exercised, and then no claim can be brought unless no warning was given of well established risks.
Examples include failure to recognise or treat dental disease, placing implants incorrectly, fractures during extraction of teeth, nerve damage and carrying out the wrong operation.
The dental negligence claim is progressed by obtaining your dental records and then a report from a general dental practitioner or consultant.
Funding is through no win -no fee agreements, legal expenses insurance or legal aid.