We can make a dental negligence claim on your behalf if we can prove that your dentist has made a serious mistake.
As with a medical negligence claim, dental negligence is defined as a mistake that no other ordinary dentist using reasonable skill and care would have made. If , for instance , the dentist’s drill or file broke in the course of your treatment – that would not generally be regarded as negligent.
On the other hand, if the treatment was particularly complex but the dentist failed to provide you with the option of referral to a specialist – then that would normally be seen as negligent.
In the vast majority of cases we would need to obtain a report from an independent dental expert on whether the mistake in question amounted to negligence.
We also need to prove that your dental health has suffered as a result of the negligence.
If the expert report was supportive on these two points, we could then proceed with a dental negligence claim on your behalf. Bear in mind that a claim must be made within 3 years of the negligence or 3 years from when the negligence came to light.
A dental negligence claim can include the following