While errors during dental treatment and surgery are rare, when they do occur the damage can lead to considerable damage, injury, pain, and loss of function. With the growth in the number and type of dental services available in Ireland in recent decades, the price of choice can sometimes come in the form of poor quality and standards. Dental errors are not solely made by dentists; any persons offering dental care, including technicians, hygienists, orthodontists and surgeons, must act to the standard of their peers. Indeed, all professionals in the dental sector have a duty of care to their patients, and therefore must do everything possible to explain the risks of the procedure being provided and to mitigate and control those risks as much as possible.
What types of dental error medical negligence can claim for?
Dental negligence can occur in many forms, including (but not limited to):
- Nerve damage
- Damage or poor appearance following cosmetic dental treatment
- Incorrectly administered anaesthetic
- Failure to properly diagnose dental conditions
- Failure to treat dental conditions effectively
- Inadequate root canal treatment
- Failed implants
- Extracting the wrong tooth
- Inadequate fillings
- Inadequate crowns
- Failure to manage tooth decay
- Failing to manage gum disease (periodontal disease)
- Removing too much enamel when fitting veneers
- Poorly fitted veneers leading to increased pain and discomfort
- Poorly positioned implants
- Incorrect use of whitening chemicals which can cause permanent damage to the gums and lips
- Poor orthodontics
What will a claim for dental medical negligence cover?
Claims following negligent dental treatment may cover two areas of loss:
- Pain and suffering due to the injury;
- Specific financial costs resulting from the injury caused. This may cover costs already incurred, such as transport, accommodation, and medical treatment, and expected future expenses. The costs you receive will be based on the precise injuries suffered and the circumstances of the case.
Why should I consider Lavelle Partners’ Medical Negligence Solicitors to handle my claim?
- Lavelle Partners have successfully managed many cases of dental medical negligence.
- Our personal injury team, headed by partner, Avril Scally, who herself has over 15 years’ experience in medical negligence claims, place client care at the centre of everything they do.
- From the first moment you speak to one of our solicitors, we will listen to your case carefully and with empathy and will only recommend advancing your case if we believe you have a valid case.
- We have both the legal expertise and understanding of the real-life challenges faced by individuals and their families following the effects of dental errors.
- Our solicitors will manage the process entirely on your behalf; compiling the information necessary for your case, including medical notes and managing the submission of your medical negligence claim.
- We will answer any subsequent questions and/or provide further information if required.
By allowing us to handle your claim on your behalf, you can focus on what is most important – your recovery and care, or that of your family member or loved one.
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