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Dental Negligence Leeds

Have you experienced dental negligence in Leeds? If you have, you may be eligible to make a dental negligence claim against your dentist. You could be awarded compensation if your claim is successful, which may help you move on from the unnecessary pain you’ve suffered.

Your compensation could also be useful if you need to have restorative work completed on your teeth, in order to fix the issues caused by your dental practitioner. Undergoing a dental negligence claim may also give you the closure you need to move on with your life after the event.

If you’ve been let down by a dental health professional, it can be hard to know where to turn afterwards – particularly if they were someone you trusted to look after your teeth. As well as facing avoidable physical harm (such as tooth decay or nerve damage), you may find that your psychological health has been affected. You could also be left out of pocket, due to loss of earnings or any cosmetic treatments that needed to be carried out as a result of dental negligence.

At the Dental Law Partnership, we’re a specialist team of dental solicitors, focusing solely on claims involving dental negligence, providing quality legal assistance to all our clients. Our legal experts can also help you through the entire dental claims process, providing updates and advice along the way.

We’ve been in the dental negligence industry for over 20 years, having a wide array of dental negligence specialists within our ranks. Our dedicated team is made up of both dentists and dental solicitors, ensuring we have a vast knowledge within the field.

If you’d like to start a claim, or you want to find out more about the dental negligence claims process, please make an enquiry and complete our online form and we’ll get in touch.

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Making a Dental Negligence Claim in Leeds

Now that you’ve decided you’re ready to start a dental malpractice claim in Leeds, you’ll probably want to understand how the Dental Law process works. We understand that every situation is different, which naturally means that the process you undergo may differ slightly from the steps provided below. However, this section should help to give you more of an idea of how to proceed.

In most cases, the Dental Law claims process follows these steps:

  1. First, you’ll need to contact us, either by calling us on 0800 152 2038 or by completing our enquiry form. During the initial contact, we’ll go through a questionnaire with you in order to find out more information about your claim and the negligence that has occurred. In most cases, we will be able to make a decision as to whether we can open a case for you at this stage. However, this will depend on the specific circumstances of the claim, and we may have to consult with our internal team first.
  2. Once your case has been accepted, we’ll provide you with some paperwork, including our no-win, no-fee conditional agreement. It’s important to read through the documentation in full – once read, you’ll need to sign the paperwork and return it to us.
  3. Once returned, your paperwork will then be passed onto our team of paralegals to assess your case. They will establish a timeline for your case and collect important evidence, such as your dental records. These records have to be legally kept by your dentist for a minimum of two years.
  4. Our dedicated team of legal advisors will then work through the details of your case, assessing whether it’s something we can pursue. If we can’t submit a valid claim for you, we will notify you as soon as possible.
  5. If we believe that you have a good chance of a successful claim, your case will be assigned to one of our specialist claim solicitors. Your allocated solicitor will draft a letter of claim, which will be sent to the defendant and/or their legal representation. Once received, the defendant has a total of four months to respond to the letter of claim.

6. Once a response has been received, your specialist solicitor will work with the defendant and their representation to settle the claim in your favour.

7. In most circumstances, our dental negligence claims are settled at the negotiation stage. However, if negotiations fail, you may be required to go to court, if the defendant resists the claim. In these cases, we will do our best to represent you in court. It should also be noted that if your claim goes to court, the judge will decide on the amount of compensation you receive.

We always aim to resolve your case as quickly as possible, keeping you updated every step of the way. Whilst we cannot state the exact amount of compensation you will receive, we will do our very best to ensure you have a successful compensation claim.

We also offer a no-win, no-fee guarantee, which means that you will not have to pay anything, should your claim be unsuccessful (for whatever reason). You’ll only need to pay our legal costs if your case is successful.

Our record of success is a testament to our skills – to find out more, please head to our Client Stories and Testimonials pages.

It’s important to note that there is a set time limit of three years to open a claim (from when the dental negligence originally occurred, or when you became aware of the issue) so it’s important to get started with your claim as quickly as possible.

If you find that you still have more questions after reading through this page, our expert team will be happy to help. All you need to do is call us or fill in our online contact form, and we’ll be able to answer any queries you have.

Can I Make a Complaint to My Dentist?

You can make a complaint to your dentist if you wish – some people prefer to do this first, before opening up a negligence claim. However, you don’t need to have made a complaint beforehand, and we understand that you may feel uncomfortable going back to the dental practice where the negligence occurred. If you do decide to make a complaint, you must be aware that there is a time limit of one year from when the incident happened.

Making a complaint to your dentist may help to address issues with the dental surgery, so that the practice can address any issues and prevent malpractice occurring with other patients. Whilst complaining may enable you to get free remedial treatment completed to fix the poor treatment that occurred originally, you will not be able to gain financial redress.

If you feel that you need financial compensation to fully recover, you will need to open a clinical negligence claim with a law firm like the Dental Law Partnership.

If you’ve made a complaint and you’re not happy with the response, you can complete our contact form and we’ll get started with your claim.


If your claim is successful, you’ll be awarded a monetary sum in the form of something called ‘damages’. There are two main types of damages you can be awarded, which are:

  • General damages 
  • Special damages

General damages are awarded as compensation for injuries and medical conditions that have happened as a result of negligence. They refer to situations that aren’t tied to a set monetary cost, including things like loss of teeth, avoidable pain and loss of amenity.

On the other hand, special damages are awarded for any extra costs you’ve had to pay as a result of negligence. For example, the cost of restorative dentistry or prescription fees, as well as loss of earnings.

If you are awarded a sum based on both general and special damages, you’re more likely to receive a larger amount of compensation, although this isn’t always a given. You can find out more about how much you could receive on our Client Studies page.


What Issues Can You Make a Dental Negligence Claim for in Leeds?

Dental negligence claims are not just limited to physical injuries. There are a wide variety of things you can open a case for, so you may find your claim covers several different areas.

Every situation is different, but the majority of our claims tend to focus on things like:

  • Personal injury  Personal injury refers to any physical harm that has occurred during a dental treatment. For example, wrong tooth extraction or avoidable pain after dental work.
  • Financial loss – If you’ve had to pay for remedial work to fix a surgical error, or you’ve had to take time off work and lost earnings as a result, you may be able to make a claim. Travel costs (for example, if you need to go to a different dentist to complete treatment) may also be included.
  • Psychological issues – Many people already have a fear of the dentist, and undergoing negligent dental treatment can make the issue worse. You may also find yourself suffering from depression or anxiety afterwards.
  • Failure to diagnose – If your dentist fails to diagnose an issue with your teeth or delays the diagnosis, you may be able to make a claim – particularly if it’s something serious like gum disease or oral cancer. This also applies if they misdiagnose an issue.
  • Failure to treat – Failure to treat cases involve situations in which your dentist either carries out the wrong treatment, or fails to treat your dental issues properly.
  • Failure to obtain patient consent  Your dentist has a duty of care to ensure they always get consent from their patients. You should be provided with all the necessary information before the dental procedure, including information about risks, side effects and alternative treatments. Your dentist also cannot carry out work if the patient is not competent enough to consent – in these cases, permission may be needed from a guardian.

These are the main things most people tend to claim for with the Dental Law Partnership, although you may find that your situation is slightly different. If you’d like to find out whether the dental negligence you experienced in Leeds is something we can open a claim for, please get in touch with our team of expert solicitors here.

Seek Justice for Dental Negligence in Leeds

Experiencing dental negligence can be incredibly frustrating, particularly if the harm you suffered came from a dentist you trusted. As well as physical injuries, you may also find that you’ve experienced psychological issues, as well as loss of earnings.

If you think you have suffered from dental negligence in the Leeds area, you may be able to make a compensation claim against your dentist. At the Dental Law Partnership, we’re experts at what we do, aiming to help every person who contacts us with their dental negligence claims.

Ready to get your claim started? Please get in touch with our expert team and we’ll help you seek out justice.

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