Claiming for Dental Negligence
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When an individual sustains an injury as a direct consequence of dental treatment that they have received, this may constitute an act of dental negligence. Dentists owe their patients a duty of care. If you suffer pain or injury because of a lapse in providing this duty of care, you may be entitled to make a claim.
Proving that a dentist has acted negligently can be a very complex task. Every case has its own unique circumstances that need to be taken into consideration. Broadly speaking, dental negligence can be grouped into 3 main categories:
Inadequate treatment: This could stem from the dentist not using the right techniques to treat your dental problem. Inadequate dental treatment could refer to a one-time treatment or treatment given over a long period of time, which resulted in serious complications.
Misdiagnosis: Correct diagnosis is a crucial component of patient care. Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose an existing condition could lead to failure to provide adequate or accurate dental treatment which could exacerbate the original problem or cause further oral damage.
Careless dental work: This category includes a very diverse range of situations, from extracting the wrong tooth to cutting the patients gum or lip during a procedure.
You only have three years from the date of the alleged negligent dental treatment or three years from the date you first became aware, or ought to have reasonably been aware, that you may have suffered injury as a result of negligent dental treatment in which to bring your claim. In ordinary circumstances failure to bring the claim within the 3 year time limit is likely to result in your claim being statute-barred
If you think you have a claim it is important to contact us as soon as possible.
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