Wondering whether it’s worth pursuing compensation for nerve damage and dental negligence? Find out all you need to know below
What is nerve damage?
Dental work regularly involves working around different nerves in the mouth. With each tooth having a nerve and with many other sensitive nerves in the jaw and mouth, one wrong slip or an accidental treatment can lead to difficulty speaking, eating and drinking. It’s essential that great care is taken throughout any dental work you receive.
If something goes wrong, not only can it be exceptionally painful, but you can also lose the feeling and sense in the mouth permanently. There’s no way to fix nerve damage, so if you’ve suffered from it, you have a good chance of claiming compensation.
Can I sue my dentist for nerve damage?
In almost all cases, yes.
Nerve damage to the mouth can impact your life heavily. Whether it’s the loss of feeling in your tongue or constant pain due to a nerve being damaged or irritated, it can be life-changing.
While some treatments may carry a risk of nerve damage or even be part of the treatment, such as the removal of a nerve during a root canal treatment, your dentist must be taking proper precautions to avoid any damage to other nerves. This includes x-rays of the area being treated, explanations of the possible risks to any nerves and more.
Nerve damage as a result of a poor treatment is easy to claim for and can carry significant compensation, especially if it has impacted on your ability to speak, eat and drink. If nerve damage has left you with constant pain, or extremely sensitive teeth, this can also pay out a significant amount both in damages and in paying for treatment to fix the damage done.
How do I know if I have nerve damage?
The nerves in the face and mouth are extremely complex, so it’s difficult to know exactly what has happened until it’s been looked at by a dental expert. If a dental treatment has left you with an unusual or uncomfortable feeling that persists for more than a few weeks, it could be a sign that a procedure has not gone as planned.
If you have one of the following symptoms, it’s likely you’re suffering from nerve damage in some way:
- Lack of feeling in your gums, mouth, jaw, or face
- A tingling or “sparkling” feeling in the mouth, jaw, or face
- Being unable to prevent drooling
- Constant burning pain in the jaw, face, teeth, or gums
How much can I claim for dental nerve damage?
The amount you can claim depends heavily upon the damage done and whether it is temporary or permanent. For example, if a tooth extraction has gone wrong and ended up causing pain in a neighbouring tooth, that can be fixed with further treatment from another dentist. While this can be performed through the NHS, if you decide to go through private care, the cost for the treatment can be claimed.
If the nerve damage has left you with permanent loss of ability without a possibility of fixing it, this can offer much higher compensation claims. For example, if the mandibular nerve has been damaged or severed, you can end up with constant pain that cannot be rectified, a lack of function leading to constant drooling, speech problems and no feeling in certain areas of the mouth.
This type of claim would not only pay for the resulting treatment required, but also for pain and suffering, any lost income from not being to work properly, and a variety of other factors.
If you’ve been the victim of unnecessary nerve damage, it’s worth pursuing a claim against your dentist. Fill out our questionnaire form and one of our dental law experts will call you for a free, no-obligation consultation.