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This article was published on May 10th, 2022
At Thorneycroft Solicitors, we have a nationally renowned personal injury team that includes highly experienced dental negligence solicitors specialising in dental negligence and dental compensation claims.
Our dedicated team in Holmes Chapel have developed an excellent reputation throughout the Cheshire area and the North West of England due to their in-depth knowledge of clinical negligence claims. If you have received negligent treatment from a dental professional, we can help.
You should visit a dental negligence solicitor if you have received below adequate treatment from a dental professional that has resulted in an injury or damage that could have otherwise been prevented. The negligence can be due to a number of reasons, such as the dentist missing the early signs of gum disease, damage to the teeth or jaw, misdiagnosis or the removal of the wrong tooth.
For your dental negligence claim to be successful, you must show that the dental practitioner who treated you made an avoidable mistake or failed to deliver the minimum level of care required. The following points explain what is required for a successful dental negligence claim:
Proof that the standard of care you received was below average
In order to give your negligence claim the best chance of success, you will need to provide proof that the standard of care you received was below average.
Obtaining proof for a dental negligence claim can be difficult because of the complexities of this area of law. Therefore, it is best to consult a specialist solicitor and they will be able to gather the proof that you will need for a successful claim, they will also be able to get access to your dental records as well as other information that will prove that the standard of care received was below average.
Proof that the negligence directly caused an injury or resulted in a worse outcome
This can be a difficult part of the claims process because you will need to be able to show that without negligence from the dental practitioner, you would not have suffered as a direct result. For example, your condition may have worsened due to a late diagnosis or you may have suffered unnecessary stress due to a misdiagnosis.
To create a solid claim, dental records from both before and after the incident may be collected. You may also need to be evaluated by an independent dental expert. They will decide whether or not the consequences of the negligence are likely to be long term or permanent, if so, this evidence will be factored into your claim.
We offer a free initial interview in order to review your specific circumstances and assess the viability of your clinical negligence claim. We have successfully represented clients with dental negligence claims resulting from poor dentistry caused by misdiagnosis, inadequate treatment and careless dental work.
For further information or advice on any of the points above, please call our clinical negligence team in Holmes Chapel who will be happy to advise you on your legal rights. To get in contact call 0800 1979345 or fill out our simple enquiry form.