What Constitutes Dental Negligence?
It’s not pleasant to think about mistakes being made in dentistry. A lot of us are squeamish about having things done to our teeth, and stories about people suffering nightmare operations don’t do anything to assuage that. The truth is that errors are blessedly rare, so there isn’t that much to worry about. But if you think that there’s any chance you’ve suffered as a result of negligence on the part of a dental professional, you might be able to make a claim again them, or the NHS, depending on whether you had the work done at a private or government funded practice.
There’s a full spectrum of things that count as negligence, and some are more obvious that others. A dentist can be culpable simply for not doing enough to help you. If there is a missed diagnosis, where they don’t pick out a problem you’re having and it gets worse, this counts as negligence. Along a similar vane, there might be a case for a claim if there’s a misdiagnosis and you’re given unnecessary treatment, or even treatment that makes things worse.
There are more direct examples of negligence. Careless work, such as using implements in a way which causes harm, or carrying out an operation in a way which turns out to be incorrect, clearly show culpability on the dentist’s part. Also, this doesn’t have to relate to one instance. If you have proof to suggest that inadequate treatment is to blame for continuing discomfort or further injury, you can claim for the whole period of treatment.
Unfortunately there are sometimes instances of more serious mistakes being made in dentistry. Drug usage errors are one of these. If you have an allergy that’s mentioned in your medical notes, but fails to be taken into consideration by the dental professional, you have a right to claim. Errors in particular metals for fillings or braces can have similar harsh effects. Finally there are some very rare instances of people swallowing dentistry equipment due to the negligence of the professional.
All of these examples should be taken as the exception. Dentistry is a modern science, and one which stands to help you a great deal. But should you be on the receiving end of a mistake in dental practices, there’s every reason to make a claim against the private institute or NHS as a result.
If you been affected by dental negligence, you should find out more about dental negligence claims. Start your claim online today.