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You may have found your gum disease was only discovered when you visited a new dentist, perhaps as a result of your original dentist retiring, or that issues you raised were ignored. As a result, you may have experienced mobility in your teeth, you may have lost teeth, or you may have lost bone from your jaw.
Whatever happened to you, our team can help you to make a claim for dental negligence compensation that will help you to pay for whatever restorative treatment you may need.
Our team are always keen to ensure you fully understand the dental claims process. Periodontal claims are the most common, and sometimes the most significant in terms of injury, that we work on and we have a great deal of experience helping individuals get the compensation they deserve.
Find out more about the claims process below:
Generally, if you bring a claim concerning undiagnosed periodontal disease it should conclude between 18-30 months after the first time you contact us. However, each case is different and this may vary dependent on the facts.
The compensation you may receive will vary depending on what injury you sustain. For example, if you lose several teeth because of undiagnosed periodontal disease, you will receive more compensation than if you only require periodontal treatment and scaling.
Compensation received following a successful claim for dental negligence will be comprised of:
You can sue a retired dentist, as long as your claim is not statute barred.
By law, all dentists must be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC), and must have appropriate indemnity and insurance arrangements in place; this allows patients to seek any compensation they may be entitled to.
Therefore, even after a dentist retires they will still be responsible for the treatment which was carried out when they were practising as a dentist.
“Having recently been successful in my Dental Negligence Claim, I can’t speak highly enough of the team at Royds Withy King. I was kept well informed throughout and was provided with excellent advice. If you are considering pursuing a claim I would definitely recommend contacting them”
Lisa Ashworth on TrustPilot
You have three years to bring a claim of dental negligence, from the date of negligence or knowledge of it, under the laws concerning ‘limitation’ in England and Wales. These laws state that a claimant must issue court proceedings within this time period, or else their claim would be statute barred.
Generally, we would advise you to contact us at least six months before the limitation period in your case is due to end. However, this can be reviewed on a case-by-case basis; if you believe that your limitation period may expire soon, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible.
“My dental negligence claim was dealt with in a very professional matter. I was kept informed and advised all the way through the proceedings to its successful conclusion. I had my doubts about pursuing the claim at first but I’m very glad I did. I can say it was stress free. Would highly recommend.”
David Wrigley on TrustPilot
Samantha Swaby, acted for a 31 year old client who received £50,000 for the failings by two dental practitioners to diagnose and treat periodontal disease. The client was a regular attender and only became aware of her issues when she attended a hygienist.
The client lost 4 teeth as a result, including two front teeth and faced a long course of restorative treatment, to include implants and bone grafting due to the extent of the bone loss.
Samantha Swaby, acted for a 76 year-old woman who received £70,000 for the failure of her dentist to diagnose and treat periodontal disease. The Claimant had been a patient under the Defendant’s care from 1978 until 2014. When she attended an appointment with a different dentist in January 2015, she was told that she had advanced chronic periodontal disease. Nine of the Claimant’s teeth required extraction, and there was a 50% risk that she would lose a further 13 teeth in the next 5-10 years.
Samantha successfully recovered compensation to fund the Claimant’s remedial treatment, and to compensate her for her pain and suffering.
Naomi Todd acted for a 57 year old client, who received £46,500 for the failure of her dentist to diagnose and treat periodontal disease. The client was advised that her best treatment option would be to extract all of her upper teeth and replace them with an implant retained prostheses. The client would require a sinus lift and bone graft to support the posterior implants.
The client would have to undergo the painful and protracted treatment involved in the fitting of implants, and also suffered psychiatric damage as a result of the negligence. As well as the loss of teeth, the negligence also led to the failure of the client’s crowns and veneers.
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