Taking Legal Action Against a Private Dentist

Taking Legal Action Against a Private Dentist
BSC, LLB (Hons) & LPC Sophia Azam
Legally reviewed by: BSC, LLB (Hons) & LPC Sophia Azam In: Medical Negligence

Can I Take Legal Action Against a Private Dentist?

If you have suffered as a result of your private dentist’s negligence, you are likely entitled to compensation. We can help you take legal action against your dentist if you are left worse off following a dental procedure.

We understand that it can be traumatic to go to the dentist at the best of times, never mind after something has gone wrong. If you need further appointments because the initial treatment left you to suffer more, we can help you through the compensation process.

All our dental negligence compensation claims are handled on a no-win, no-fee basis, so get in touch for your free consultation.

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What Can you take Legal Action for?

Even if your dentist is operating within private practice, you can still make a claim against them if they have caused you an unnecessary dental problem due to their negligence. Common examples of taking legal action against private dentist include:

  • Periodontal disease misdiagnosis
  • Cosmetic dentistry problems
  • Nerve injury
  • Failed root canals
  • Delay or incorrect diagnosis – including oral cancer misdiagnosis
  • Restorative dentistry errors
  • Mistakes in treatment leading to the loss or damage of multiple teeth

It is helpful to take legal action against your private dentist as soon as possible because you need to make your claim within three years from the point of receiving negligent treatment. After three years have passed you will no longer be able to make a claim.

Get in touch with our trained solicitors today and find out if you can claim.

How much can I Claim if I take Legal Action against my Private Dentist?

It is difficult to say exactly how much compensation you could get for taking legal action against your dentist, but there are a number of things that will be considered in the process of your claim is calculated. The factors that need to be considered are:

  • The loss of earnings that you may have suffered due to not being able to work after your delayed dental diagnosis or injury
  • Your overall medical prognosis and any follow-up treatment that you will need
  • How the incorrect procedure has had an impact on your life

If your dental injury is serious enough, you may need to be examined by multiple dental professionals. Additionally, your solicitor may advise you that it is best to claim when you have an idea of your full recovery, as you will not be able to earn any further compensation for a condition that later gets worse if your case has already been settled.

If you have any questions about taking legal action against a private dentist, our dental negligence solicitors can help you.

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How Long will my Claim Process Take?

In the same way that it is difficult to estimate the amount of compensation you could get from taking legal action against a private dentist, it is also difficult to say exactly how long the process could take. There will likely be two steps to the overall process. They are:

  • Firstly, proving liability for who was responsible for your injury or illness
  • Secondly, providing the medical evidence for how the dental condition or injury has affected you physically

In some cases, it can take a while for the liability to be decided and this can mean that the process could potentially be longer. However, it should be that the liability will rest with your private dentist in this case, and so the process can be more straightforward with the right legal assistance. Get in touch with us today for advice.

Contact Us For Help with your Dental Negligence Compensation Claim

Here at AWH, our expert solicitors are well trained in dental negligence cases and have plenty of experience to help you with your case.

Get in touch today and find out how much compensation you may be able to claim by taking legal action against your private dentist.

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