Can I claim compensation for loss of tooth due to dentist error? It was one of my front teeth and the loss has affected my confidence greatly. I don’t like going out in public or spending time with my friends anymore because of it.
You may be able to claim compensation for loss of tooth due to dentist error. However, this may be complicated due to how difficult it can be to establish dental negligence. In order to initiate a claim you should contact a personal injury claims solicitor with experience in loss of tooth compensation claims as soon as it is convenient. You can discuss with them your confidence issues and they will be able to put your mind at ease regarding the claims process. They will also begin the process involved in establishing dental negligence so that you will know whether or not you have a viable claim for dentist error.
It is likely that your solicitor will contact an independent panel of dental experts in order to determine whether or not your dentist could be considered as having demonstrated negligence. They will examine any relevant evidence and dental notes and from this they can assess whether or not the same error could have been made by another competent dentist or if alternative actions could have been taken to avoid the loss of your tooth. They will inform your solicitor of their findings and then your solicitor will advise you on whether or not your potential loss of tooth compensation claim is worth pursuing.
If they establish that your claim for dentist error has a good chance of success, they will be able to begin calculating your claim based on a number of factors such as your age, sex and general state of health prior to the loss of tooth, the pain and suffering you have endured and the affect this has had on your general quality of life. The fact that your confidence has suffered greatly and has affected your ability to take part in what used to be normal activities will be taken into consideration in the area of personal injury claim known as general damages. When a person can no longer derive enjoyment from activities they used to find enjoyable this is known as loss of amenity; an aspect of general damages that you can also be compensated for. You should try to maintain a diary where you can record any instances of how your tooth loss has caused you anxiety and prevented you from taking part in social events or former pastimes.
You can also claim for any financial impact your loss of tooth has made on your life in the area of personal injury claim known as special damages. For example, if you have incurred a significant amount of medical expenses or if you have had any significant financial losses from being unable to work due to your confidence issues, this will also be accounted for in your final settlement. Retain any medical receipts and documentation you can that will provide evidence of how your tooth loss has affected you financially.
The information provided here is a general overview of how you may be compensated for your tooth loss due to dentist error. It is by no means a substitute to the specific advice your solicitor can provide. Therefore you should contact them as soon as possible in order to discuss claiming compensation for loss of tooth due to dentist error.