Been a victim of dental negligence? Find out what sort of dental compensation you can claim
Whether you’ve been the victim of minor cosmetic damage and are looking for compensation to fix it, or you’ve been affected by serious damage to your teeth and have suffered from further damage as a result, it’s important to know exactly what you could receive from your dental claim.
The compensation you receive for dental negligence is referred to as a “damages” payment and comes in two types: “general damages”, which are the most common, and “special damages”, which includes unusual additional problems that are linked to the negligent treatment.
General damage compensation payments
General damage dental compensation includes a wide variety of problems that are caused directly by incorrect dental treatments.
General damage compensation would allow you to claim for any pain or suffering caused, as well as “loss of amenity” (the inability to do certain things as a result of damage from the dental treatment, such as chewing). Losing one or more teeth due to extraction, or as a result of poor treatment, can mean you can claim. You can still claim if your teeth are intact, however, either due to an unnecessarily painful treatment or if you feel your dentist isn’t adequately qualified.
How much is my claim worth?
The payout for your claim will be dependant on the type of treatment, the resulting pain, loss of amenity, and more.
For example, the average payouts for broken or lost teeth based on the guidelines set out by the government can be anywhere from around £900 to £8000. This can vary drastically based on the treatment itself, and if further treatment was required to fix one or more teeth.
Average payouts for damaged teeth
- Loss of a single back tooth is worth between £910 to £1430
- Loss of single front tooth is worth between £1840 to £3300
- Loss of two front teeth is worth between £3630 to £6380
- Loss of several front teeth is worth between £7320 to £9540
For gum disease or similar, these compensation awards can go as high as £32000, depending on the problems faced as a result of poor treatment or inaction when it was required. Ultimately, more is paid out if the treatment has resulted in the loss of amenity, For example, if you can no longer chew with a certain set of teeth, or if your jawbone is permanently weakened after preventable gum disease occurred, the payout is set to increase.
Special damage compensation
Special damage compensation includes the extra expenses or loss of income incurred as a result of the poor dental treatment. This includes the following:
- Treatment and restoration work to get your teeth and dental health back to their original state
- Medicine and prescription costs, including painkillers
- Loss of earnings, due to an inability to do your job or due to time off of work
- Travel expenses in relation to dental work or restoration work
Please note, these are just a few examples, the potential compensation you can claim as a result of dental negligence can be much higher than you’d expect, especially if it has impacted heavily upon your working or general day-to-day life.
For more information, or to find out what you could claim for, we recommend getting in touch with our dental law specialists. We’ll break it down for you in a free, no-obligation consultation, and if you want to continue from there, we’ll help you get your claim up and running.