What is Dental Negligence?
Dental malpractice, or dental negligence, can be defined as an avoidable injury caused by a dentist who fails to take the proper care. Any case where a dentist has performed poorly, negligently or inappropriately which results in avoidable harm being caused to a patient can lead to a dental negligence compensation claim.
The UK Law Experts are the best people to advise you on whether your compensation claim falls into the category of dental malpractice.
Types of Dental Claim
Dental malpractice, or dental negligence, may involve harm to the patient, whether through poorly performed procedures, incompetence, or failure to diagnose. This may involve severing a nerve, pulling the wrong tooth or failing to diagnose decay resulting in further problems.
Serious harm to a patient can be a feature of dental malpractice with some patients experiencing life-changing injuries. A dentist may cause a serious infection due to unsafe practices, fail to diagnose a case of oral cancer, or improperly use dental tools resulting in permanent injury. These examples could all qualify as dental malpractice.
Your dentist is responsible for informing you of any of the risks involved with your treatment or proposed treatments as well as any side effects and risks to your health. If you are treated and not made fully aware of these risks beforehand and something goes wrong, you could have grounds for a compensation claim.
Causes of Dental Negligence claims
- Consent to Dental Treatment
- Cosmetic Dentistry
- Tooth Extraction
- Gum Disease
- Restorative Dentistry
- Dental Implants
- Root Canal Treatment
- Wisdom Teeth
- Tooth Decay
- Failure to Diagnose Oral Cancer