Dental Negligence

Visiting the Dentist is something we should all do every 6 months, but when it goes wrong and you are left with a less than Hollywood smile, Pearson Solicitors can help get your smile back.

Whether it’s a routine check-up or a complicated procedure when you are treated by professionals such as Dentists you are entitled to expect them to use reasonable care.  Pearson’s specialist negligence solicitors can help you make a dental negligence claim for compensation if it goes wrong.

Areas we cover include:

Accidental damage, injection procedures which go wrong, oral health concerns, nerve damage, tooth loss, mismanaged root canal treatment, orthodontic mistakes, delays in diagnosis, cosmetic procedures which go wrong.

Whether your treatment is in an NHS dental practice or a private practice you can still make a claim.  Hygienists and hospital dental treatments can also be covered by us in the same way and our dental negligence solicitors can help you receive the compensation you deserve.

For advice and for a free initial chat if you feel you have a claim call 0161 785 3500 or email enquries@pearsonlegal.co.uk

Case Studies:

Dental Negligence Results In Permanent Loss Of Sensation

A dentist’s injection left our client with a permanent lack of sensation down one side of her face and resulted in a £5,000 settlement.

Miss C was seen by her Dentist in 2011 and found to have a fracture to her left molar.  A treatment plan for repair was planned and a 40 minute appointment made to facilitate this. 

On the day of the appointment the treating Dentist was running 20 minutes late with his Clinic, as such by the time Miss C was seen there was only 20 minutes left to undertake the planned procedure.   The Dentist began by administering local anaesthetic injection in to the left side of the face.  As he was doing so Miss C experienced sudden onset numbness around the left eye and cheek together with an intense pain in the left side of her face.   Shocked and alarmed she pushed the Dentist’s hand away and declined further treatment. 

She later attended hospital where she was diagnosed as having suffered trigeminal nerve damage.  Whilst over time the pain subsided, Miss C unfortunately did not recover sensation in the left side of her face.  Expert evidence from a Dentist and Maxillofacial Surgeon confirmed this to be permanent and caused by the way in which the anaesthesia was administered.       

A claim was issued against the individual Dentist which led to a settlement being reached in the sum of £5,000.00

Jacqueline White, Medical Negligence Solicitor who handled the case, said:

“My Client in this case was a successful business woman, her desire from the very beginning was to obtain justice for substandard treatment.  Material events left her shaken, in pain and ultimately with permanent left side facial numbness not to mention a fear of going to the Dentist in the future.”    

Dental Blunder injects bleach in patient

A dentist who injected a bleach solution into the exposed cavity of his patient has been found negligent and Pearson Solicitors recovered £10,000 for our client in compensation.

The patient, Miss Z, from London, had to be taken to hospital by ambulance following the botched procedure and suffered paralysis of the face and neck and some permanent nerve damage.  The injection also caused her to suffer from intra-oral traumatic ulcers.

The practice in Leyton, has now introduced different coloured bottles for different solutions so this does not happen again.

The dentist working at the practice injected Miss Z with sodium hypo-chlorite, a household bleach solution used in many practices, instead of chlorhexidine.  The Practice admitted the error.

Speaking after the case was settled, Janet Dunkerley, nurse adviser at Pearson Solicitors said:  “We are pleased that negligence was admitted in this case, our client suffered unnecessarily and we were able to deal with her complaint quickly and efficiently. 

“It is not relevant where a client lives as this case shows.  The client found us on the internet and did not have to visit our offices at any time, this case was run efficiently via email and telephone calls and had a successful outcome for the client.”