For many of us, visiting a dentist is an unpleasant but necessary part of looking after our health. Fortunately, the majority of dental treatment is carried out properly and professionally.
Occasionally however, negligence in dental treatment does occur, with painful, lasting and at times, expensive consequences.
Dental negligence can occur in a number of ways;
A lack of relevant information
Dentists have an obligation to inform patients of all the treatment options available to them and the pros and cons, including any risks of the various options.
You may feel that your dentist did not explain things fully, resulting in you undergoing the wrong type of treatment, with adverse results.
Cosmetic dentistry might be described as any dental procedure that improves the overall appearance of your smile. Treatment involving crowns, bridges, veneers and implants have become increasingly common and popular. Teeth whitening is available widely.
Any such treatment should only be carried out by dentists with the appropriate levels of skill and experience. Like all treatment, the risks and benefits of the procedure should be fully explained before any work is carried out.
Problems associated with cosmetic dental procures can include damage to other teeth or nerves in a patient’s mouth.
Extraction of teeth
This procedure, one of the more serious that any of us might have to undergo with a dentist, is delicate and, with the best will and dental skill, can go wrong. On occasions, the wrong tooth is removed.
Problems that can result from tooth extraction include damage to gums and nerves.
The health of a patients gums are as important as that of a patient's teeth. It is thought that most of the adult population has gum disease to some degree.
Gum disease has been linked to premature birth, heart disease, blood clotting and strokes.
It goes without saying that the key is to have it diagnosed by a dentist as early as possible. Good oral hygiene and being a non smoker are essential.
A patient who attends his dentist regularly and is not advised of gum disease before damage is caused may have grounds for complaint
Root canal treatment
This unpleasant, but sometimes necessary, treatment is not one any of us looks forward to.
Root canal treatment is used to save teeth which would otherwise need to be removed. Root canal therapy requires the root of the tooth to be removed and the space (the root canal) to be filled to prevent infection.
Problems associated with root canal can be pieces of teeth breaking off, failure to properly remove the entire root or fill in the canal adequately. Failure to carry out the procedure may lead to infection and further problems.
Contact our dental negligence solicitors
If you suspect you have suffered injury or on-going problems as a result of dental negligence, please complete the Clinical Negligence form in the first instance.
Please give as much detail as you can as this will assist in our ability to fully understand your circumstances and offer legal advice.
This advice is, of course, free of charge.
No win no fee personal injury solicitors
The expression “No Win – No Fee” is often used in personal injury cases. It is used as a way of funding a compensation claim where the accident victim does not have the means to pay for the costs involved as the case progresses.
A number of solicitors are prepared to handle personal injury cases on a “No Win – No Fee” basis but very few are able to offer their clients complete protection if the case is unsuccessful.
In that event, the client could end up being liable for many thousands of pounds in legal expenses or the case won't be fully investigated and therefore likely to under-settle.
Compensate 'no win no fee' funding
Digby Brown has its own funding company, Compensate, which provides the funding to allow the case to be fully investigated, employ the best experts surrounding the circumstances of the accident and/or injuries sustained and where and if necessary go to court.
If for whatever reason the case is unsuccessful, Compensate pays all your legal expenses and those of your opponent – you pay nothing.
On average our clients receive over 3 times the pre-litigation offer
Because of Compensate funding Digby Brown's success rate is extremely high and on average our clients receive three times the pre-litigation offer.
In the event the case is successful, a small percentage of your damages will be deducted with VAT to pay for this service. The percentage which Compensate will charge depends on the degree of risk involved. We believe that this is the fairest method of giving clients access to justice whilst ensuring their cases are fully investigated, prepared and funded.
Beware of compensation offers which may be too good
We know you will have seen many adverts offering 100% compensation or telling you that you will not lose any of your compensation, however we believe there are a number of problems with companies that do this.
- How do they make their money if they don’t charge you anything?
- If they aren’t taking any money from you, the client, what incentive do they have to ensure you receive the right level of compensation, appropriate to the injuries you have sustained?
- Fully preparing a case, finding out exactly what happened and what the consequences of your injuries may mean in the long term, is expensive, how do they do this properly?
- If they aren’t fully preparing these cases will they just accept the first offer they are given on your behalf by the Insurance company?
- It makes simple business sense, the less work they do the higher their profit margin is - they simply have no incentive to work harder on your behalf.
- These adverts in the main are from English firms on national television which operates in a different way and therefore wouldn’t apply to a Scottish person.
We know from the many client cases we mandate from other firms of solicitors (in the main at the request of the client who is extremely unsatisfied with the service received for the other firm) that many shortcuts are taken in preparation and that the first offer received is being recommended for acceptance, regardless of the value.
Getting something for nothing is usually the first sign of poor service.
Correct level of compensation with Digby Brown
Our experience and statistics show time and time again we will achieve the correct level of compensation which will be substantially more than the insurer is initially prepared to offer.
Even after we have deducted our percentage as a success fee you will gain considerably more than you would have achieved using a 100% compensation model.
Contact Digby Brown's personal injury solicitors
For further information about no win no fee, or anything else, call us on 0333 200 5925 or fill in our enquiry form below and someone will get back in touch with you.
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