Dentists perform routine and complex treatments and procedures for their patients each day and, in most cases, they are completed without any complications. However, there are occasions when dentists make mistakes that lead to significant issues for their patients.
Scenarios, where you may be able to bring a claim for dental negligence, include:
- Failure by your dentist to take accurate medical information prior to commencing a dental treatment.
- Failure by your dentist to diagnose a significant dental issue such as periodontitis (gum disease).
- Where your dentist has failed to correctly fit an implant.
- Where your dentist has been careless during a procedure and failed to remove a foreign object from your mouth during treatment.
- Where cosmetic procedures (such as teeth whitening, veneers, or crowns) went wrong, causing significant pain and stress.
- Where tooth extraction operations have been performed incorrectly, causing damage to the nerves and gums.
- Where your dentist failed to follow acceptable standards of hygiene leading to an infection.
- Failure by your dentists to provide adequate radiology or imaging.
Of course, there may be many other valid scenarios where it is possible to bring a dental negligence compensation claim. Speak to one of our specialist medical negligence solicitors today for further advice.
Bringing a Dental Negligence Claim
If any of the scenarios above sound similar to your experience, there are a number of steps you will need to take to initiate your dental negligence claim. This includes the following:
- Contact a specialist dental negligence solicitor – it’s important to work with a firm that has a firm track record in bringing medical negligence cases in Ireland. Be sure to thoroughly check the credentials of the solicitor who takes on your case.
- Obtain your medical records – you will not be able to bring a case without obtaining the records taken by the medical staff who treated you for your injury. Your solicitor can request these records on your behalf whilst also arranging for them to be assessed by an independent medical expert.
- Drafting a letter of claim – if the independent medical expert concludes that medical negligence has occurred, the next step will be for your solicitor to draft a Letter of Claim, outlining your case and a suggested settlement. This will be sent to the dentist or medical practitioner who treated you.
- Bringing the case to court or settling outside of court – this will depend entirely on whether your dentist medical practitioner chooses to contest the claim or agree to settle without court proceedings. Your solicitor will be able to guide you through this stage of the process.
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