In this guide, we will look at how our dental negligence claim calculator could help you value your claim. If you’ve been harmed by a breach of duty of care at the dentist, you could be entitled to compensation.
When you seek attention from a medical professional, you’re entitled to a minimum standard of care and when this is breached, it’s called medical negligence. You’re also owed a duty of care when you go to a dentist. Dental negligence describes a situation in which the care provided by a dentist falls below the minimum standard expected from this profession.
If you’re injured as a result of a breach of duty of care, you could be entitled to compensation. You could also claim if dental negligence caused your condition to be worse than it otherwise would if you’d received the right standard of care.
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Our dental negligence claim calculator uses figures taken from the latest version of the Judicial College Guidelines. This publication can be used by legal professionals to help value claims. We’ve used some excerpts from it to create the table below:
|Teeth and Mouth Related Injuries||Judicial College Guideline Award Bracket||Supporting Notes|
|Teeth (f)||Up to £38,130||Significant pain that could arise from issues such as untreated abscesses|
|Teeth (f) (i)||£8,730 to £11,410||Loss or serious damage to several front teeth.|
|Teeth (f) (ii)||£4,350 to £7,630||Where two front teeth are lost or seriously damaged|
|Teeth (f) (iii)||£2,200 to £3,950||Serious damage or loss to a single front tooth|
|Teeth (f) Loss of a single back tooth (iv)||£1,090 to £1,710||Where a back tooth has been lost. Settlement amount is per tooth.|
|Jaw (e) Fracture of Jaw||£6,460 to £8,730||This can be a simple fracture that may require immobilisaton but heals fully|
|Less Significant Scarring (d)||£3,950 to £13,740||Where there is one scar or a number of very small scars that mar the appearance of the injured person without affecting it markedly.|
|Trivial Scarring (e) Minor impact scarring||£1,710 to £3,530||Minor effects possibly resulting rom an incorrect procedure around the mouth|
|Mental Harm- Severe||£54,830 to £115,730||The injured person will have marked problems with factors such as their relationships with others and future vulnerability. The prognosis will be very poor.|
|Mental Harm- Moderately Severe||£19,070 to £54,830||The injured person will have significant problems with factors such as their relationships with others and future vulnerability. The prognosis will be better than in more serious cases.|
This head of your claim is called general damages. The figures in the table above are estimates, not guarantees. They relate to the pain and suffering that your injuries have caused you.
In addition to general damages, it can be possible to include out-of-pocket expenses that relate to the dental damage if you have the documents (receipts, bills, and other statements) to show as proof. This head of your claim is known as special damages and may include:
- Receipts that show the need for oral care medication, painkillers, and other dentistry procedures to rectify the problem
- Wage slips that show a loss of earnings
- Counselling for any psychological injuries sustained
For an assessment of the value of your claim, use our dental negligence claim calculator. You can also get in touch with our team today for more information about claiming.
Dental negligence can be when you receive dental care that falls below the standard expected. These professional standards are described in detail by the General Dental Council.
All medical professionals owe their patients a duty of care. This means that they need to act in a way that stops them from experiencing unnecessary harm.
You cannot claim for any harm that happens in the course of you receiving dental care. Some harm is necessary for your treatment. For example, if you have a badly decayed tooth that needs to be removed, then this procedure will cause you pain and suffering. However, it’s necessary for the course of your treatment so you would not be able to claim.
Furthermore, you might experience unnecessary harm, but this not be due to a breach of duty of care. For example, a dentist might perform a procedure on you and you have a nerve in your jaw that is positioned differently from how it would typically be. Therefore, your dentist injures this nerve while carrying out to procedure in the way they were trained to do. If no breach of duty of care occurred, then you would not be able to claim for harm, even if it was unnecessary.
For more information on making a claim for harm caused by medical care, speak with one of our advisors today.
Dental negligence can happen in a number of different ways. For example:
- An infection from unsterilised equipment
- Using the wrong tool for the procedure, resulting in nerve damage
- Misreading the results of a scan because of negligence, resulting in the wrong procedure being performed
- Taking out the wrong tooth in extraction as a result of negligence
Many people are nervous about dentists. If the patient’s trust is let down by deficient or negligent oral care, the psychological impact can be severe as well. Therefore, a dental negligence claim calculator can assess and include the stress and emotional suffering an error may cause also.
How Often Does Dental Negligence Happen?
While we don’t have statistics relating to cases of dental negligence, the NHS released figures on how many people see dentists in specified time periods.
In the 24 months leading up to 30th June 2020, 21.0 million adults were seen by an NHS dentist. 6.3 million children were seen in the 12 months leading up to this date.
44.5% of adult clinical treatments in 2019-20 were for a scale and polish. 55% of clinical treatments for children were fluoride varnish treatments.
You could sustain a range of injuries if you’re harmed by dental negligence. For example:
- A broken jaw leading to pain, headaches and migraines
- Impact on the ability to chew or eat properly
- A broken cheekbone or other facial injuries
- A broken tooth or multiple teeth
- Anxiety or psychological injury; for example, the dental negligence might result in a cosmetic impact that causes you anxiety
Our dental negligence compensation claim calculator can include all these related expenses to you caused by the dental mistake. Speak to our team to ensure you accurately include everything in your claim the first time.
A dental negligence claim calculator can help you confirm how much you could receive for the harm caused to you. Furthermore, it can give you an idea of the amount of compensation you could receive.
With this in mind, it can be advisable to gather as much evidence of you being harmed by dental negligence as you can. This could include:
- Photos of the injury
- CCTV footage (if applicable)
- Witnesses who would be willing to supply a statement to a legal professional at a later date
Furthermore, it’s important that you begin your claim within the appropriate time limit for doing so. This is usually three years from the date the incident occurred. However, it could also run three years from the date that you connected negligence with your injury, illness or worsening condition. This is sometimes called the “date of knowledge”.
For more information on whether you have a valid claim for compensation, speak with one of our advisors today. They can advise you on how to use our dental negligence claim calculator. Furthermore, you could be connected with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel; our next section will go into detail about what this means.
You may be interested in pursuing a claim and recognise the advantages of doing so with the guidance and support of a lawyer. However, you might be concerned about the upfront or ongoing fees you could incur if you choose to hire legal representation. If so, No Win No Fee agreements can help.
When a solicitor takes up your case under a No Win No Fee agreement (also called Conditional Fee Agreements) there is no requirement to pay a fee to retain them, or as the case proceeds.
The only time you need to pay your solicitors is if your case is successful. Then they’ll make a deduction from your settlement which is legally limited. You don’t pay your lawyer for their services in the event that your claim is lost.
For more information on making a claim, or how to use our dental negligence claim calculator, get in touch today.
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You may also benefit from the following external resources:
- General Dental Council information on the scope of practice
- Also NHS information on how to complain about your dentist
- The General Dental Council’s guide to complaining about a dentist
If you have any more questions about using our dental negligence claim calculator, speak with an advisor today.
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