How much compensation could I get for when my dentist failed to identify tooth infection?
I cannot tell you how much compensation for when your dentist failed to identify tooth infection you could be entitled to receive without first knowing the extent of your tooth infection and also without knowing how negligent your dentist could be considered to be. Proving dental negligence and claiming tooth infection compensation can be complicated. Therefore it is advisable that you contact a personal injury claims solicitor who has experience in dealing with dental negligence as soon as possible to discuss your potential claim for dentist negligence in tooth infection.
Your solicitor alone will not be able to determine if there was negligence involved when your dentist failed to identify tooth infection, so it is likely that a panel of independent dental experts will have to examine relevant evidence associated with your tooth infection. They will have to determine whether or not your tooth infection could have been avoided and if it would have been noticed by another competent dentist who had been treating you. You solicitor will be informed of whether or not your tooth infection was preventable and from this information your solicitor will advise you how best to proceed with your claim for dentist negligence in tooth infection.
The amount of tooth infection compensation you could be eligible to receive will be dependent on a number of factors. These factors may include your age, sex and general state of dental health prior to tooth infection, the pain and suffering you have experienced and any impact your tooth infection has made on your quality of life both financially and psychologically.
The financial impact your tooth infection has made on your life will be accounted for in the area of personal injury compensation known as special damages. You should therefore take note of any financial expenses you have incurred as a result, such as the cost of further dental treatment, by retaining any receipts for procedures you had to undergo or medication you have had to take. The non-financial consequences of your tooth infection will be accounted for in general damages. This takes into consideration your pain and suffering and also any emotional trauma you may have suffered. For example, if the infection was severe and your tooth had to be removed as result you can be compensated for how this has affected your confidence.
The information provided here is general advice related to how a possible compensation claim for dentist negligence in tooth infection which you could be entitled to and how it may be calculated; a solicitor with specific knowledge of your situation will be able to provide more relevant advice for your specific circumstances. Therefore you should contact a solicitor as soon as possible in order to pursue compensation for when your dentist failed to identify tooth infection.