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Compensation for Wrong Tooth Extraction

Compensation for wrong tooth extraction

Although, in most cases, a tooth extraction is a fairly risk-free procedure that is performed without any issues, there can be some cases in which the treatment doesn’t go to plan, through no fault of your own, meaning you’re left in pain which could have been avoided. Common poor outcomes of tooth extraction include the tooth fracturing during the procedure or lasting nerve damage after the extraction has been performed. One incident that is less common but may leave you eligible for compensation, is if your dentist extracts the wrong tooth.

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Sadly, it’s a fact of life that accidents do sometimes happen, but that shouldn’t mean that you should suffer long-term from an incident that wasn’t your fault. At the Dental Law Partnership, we understand the huge effect that dental negligence can have on your life, particularly wrong tooth extraction, which can leave you feeling upset and helpless. As a result, our team of dental negligence specialists are committed to getting you the compensation that you deserve. Not all dental injuries are a result of negligence of your dentist, but in the case of wrong tooth extraction, it’s highly likely that it is – and we’re here to help. To begin your claim today, contact our expert team on 0808 120 8730 or request a call back.

My dentist took out the wrong tooth. What is the process for making a claim?

 

At the Dental Law Partnership, we take every individual claim for dental negligence extremely seriously and believe that, if you have had the wrong tooth extracted or are suffering as a result of a negligent tooth extraction, that you shouldn’t have to suffer in silence.

Who was at fault for the wrong tooth extraction?

Firstly, we will help you to determine who caused the incident and who is at fault . In the case of wrong tooth extraction, the fault would generally lie with the dentist who removed the wrong tooth. It is the dentist’s responsibility to correctly identify your dental issues and treat you accordingly, delivering a good standard of care.

When did the wrong tooth extraction incident happen?

As with all claims, there is a time limit on when you can claim your compensation for wrong tooth extraction so it’s important to know exactly when the incident took place. The last thing you want to do is submit a strong claim, only to then realise that you were too late. The Dental Law Partnership are equipped with years of experience when it comes to dental negligence claims and so will be able to tell you whether you are still within the time constraints for claiming for a wrong tooth extraction. Simply get in touch, today.

What does my wrong tooth extraction compensation claim include?

A wrong tooth extraction compensation claim will cover both the physical and any serious mental impacts of your injury. As well as awarding you compensation for the long-term effects that you may suffer as a result of this dental negligence, your claim can also cover expenses associated with your injury. This can be anything from the costs of any additional dental treatment that you needed after the incident occurred, to counselling costs for helping you to deal with the trauma associated with a dental issue like this. You can also claim for travel expenses as well as loss of income if you have been out of work for a long period of time as a result of your injury, whether that’s due to your physical or mental health.

Why would someone need a tooth extraction?

The need for a tooth extraction can occur for several different reasons. If you are experiencing dental pain or infection, you may require a tooth extraction before the issue worsens or the infection spreads. Similarly, if you are suffering from gum disease, you may need one or several teeth removing if there has been too much damage to the supporting bone and gums for teeth to be saved.

In most cases, if the tooth can’t be restored, it is likely that your dentist will recommend tooth extraction. Of course, if you are undergoing a tooth extraction procedure, it is paramount that your dentist knows exactly which tooth is affected and extracts it accordingly. If your dentist takes out the wrong tooth, it’s likely that you have been a victim of dental negligence and will be liable for compensation. Get in touch with the Dental Law Partnership today, to find out more.

What is a wrong tooth extraction?

A wrong tooth extraction is quite simply that. It occurs when a mistake by a dental professional causes the wrong tooth to be removed. If you’ve visited the dentist for a planned tooth extraction, but your dentist has extracted the wrong tooth, you will be left feeling upset and perhaps confused. It could be that the wrong tooth was extracted leaving you still needing the diseased tooth to be extracted, or perhaps a tooth was extracted in error, when the procedure wasn’t actually needed or necessary, and the tooth could have been easily saved. If you have experienced any of the above, then the Dental Law Partnership is here to help you.

What level of care is required from my dentist?

All dental professionals have a responsibility to uphold a good level of care to their patients. Before surgery or any procedures are performed, they must ensure they have taken appropriate care in diagnosing the problem and preparing for the procedure. All treatment should be carried out to a professional standard before, during and after the procedure itself, and any risks should have been explained to you before the procedure goes ahead. Whilst some people don’t mind a visit to the dentist, for others it can be a petrifying thought. No matter how you feel about the dentist or your tooth extraction, you certainly don’t expect the wrong tooth to be extracted. This is dental negligence.

Can you sue if your dentist pulls the wrong tooth out?

If your dentist pulled out the wrong tooth, this is a known as a ‘never event’. It’s called this because it should never happen and is a totally avoidable error, which makes it dental negligence and means you can make a compensation claim.

Although, more often than not, you can rely on your dentist to perform an effective tooth extraction, there are occasions where you might be let down by a dental professional, who failed in their duty of care to you. If your dentist has pulled out the wrong tooth, then you are a victim of dental negligence and could be eligible for compensation, as long as your claim meets the criteria. At the Dental Law Partnership, we want to help anyone who has suffered as a result of dental negligence to get the compensation that they deserve.

How much compensation could I get for a wrong tooth extraction?

At first, you may not be aware that your dentist has extracted the wrong tooth. It might only be in the days after surgery, when you’re still experiencing pain from the tooth that should have been taken out, that you begin to suspect that the problematic tooth hasn’t been extracted. To confirm this, you should go back to your dentist or seek a second opinion from a different dentist. Once it has been confirmed that your dentist removed the wrong tooth, you should get in touch with the Dental Law Partnership to discuss your claim. The amount of compensation that you are entitled to for a wrong tooth extraction will depend on the complexity of your case but as this is a procedure that cannot be reversed, it is taken very seriously. The Dental law Partnership will work with you to ensure that the best possible outcome comes from your case.

What does my wrong tooth extraction compensation claim include?

A wrong tooth extraction compensation claim will cover both the physical and any serious mental impacts of your injury. As well as awarding you compensation for the long-term effects that you may suffer as a result of this dental negligence, your claim can also cover expenses associated with your injury. This can be anything from the costs of any additional dental treatment that you needed after the incident occurred, to counselling costs for helping you to deal with the trauma associated with a dental issue like this. You can also claim for travel expenses as well as loss of income if you have been out of work for a long period of time as a result of your injury, whether that’s due to your physical or mental health.
Sadly, it’s a fact of life that accidents do sometimes happen, but that shouldn’t mean that you should suffer long-term from an incident that wasn’t your fault. At the Dental Law Partnership, we understand the huge effect that dental negligence can have on your life, particularly wrong tooth extraction, which can leave you feeling upset and helpless. As a result, our team of dental negligence specialists are committed to getting you the compensation that you deserve. Not all dental injuries are a result of negligence of your dentist, but in the case of wrong tooth extraction, it’s highly likely that it is – and we’re here to help

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