Most of us worry about visiting the dentist, but for the most part in the UK we are lucky enough to enjoy care of the very highest standard.
However, on occasions, dentists and dental technicians can make mistakes that cause unnecessary pain, suffering and expense.
Browell Smith & Co has a team of experts who are well versed in the myriad of legal complications that can arise from dental negligence.
We have successfully secured compensation for our clients who have fallen victim to dental errors that include: Inadequate root canal therapy, causing infection or failure; Failed implants, nerve damage, infection, unstable and unsuitable implants; Extracting the wrong tooth; Failing to manage and treat decay; Inadequate fillings and crowns.
Our team has also represented clients in cases where dentists have failed to identify, manage and treat gum disease (periodontal disease) and in instances where injuries have been caused during extractions, causing infection or injury as a result of the extraction.
An increasing amount of dental negligence claims for compensation involve cosmetic dentistry. These cases include poor results and injuries as a result of treatments such as: Bleaching; Porcelain veneers, sometimes too much enamel is removed or the veneers can be poorly positioned; Crown and bridgework; Orthodontic work.
We have also dealt with cases where our clients have had a poor or unacceptable explanation of the treatments involved and clients who have had dental implants fitted incorrectly.
Resolving problems caused by poor dental treatment is often painful and expensive, and claiming compensation can provide both the funds to correct the errors, and help to ensure that the same mistake doesn’t happen to someone else.
If things do go wrong our specialist dental negligence solicitors can help you recover compensation, not just for the pain caused by the treatment but also for any expenses you have incurred such as time off work, treatment costs or the costs of having the work put right privately.
As with all claims for personal injury compensation there are time limits within which a claim must be lodged with the Court.
For accident claims, court proceedings must be started within three years from the date of your accident.
For occupational disease cases Court proceedings must be started within three years from the date when you first had reasonable grounds to believe that you may be suffering from a condition which has been caused by a third party. This may be your employer or it could be another organisation with whom you worked or who operated a premises close by.
In the event that court proceedings are not started within three years from the relevant date, the negligent party may be able to escape paying compensation on the basis that your claim is out of time.
The law surrounding the time limits for industrial disease compensation is extremely complex and issues will differ from case to case, particularly when seeking compensation on behalf of a former family member. It is not always necessary to have a firm diagnosis from a medical practitioner for the time limit to commence. In these circumstances you seek legal advice from a specialist as soon as you experience symptoms which you believe may have been caused by a third party.
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