Cosmetic dentistry claims

Cosmetic dentistry has become an important investment to those wanting to transform their smile or appearance. But it’s by no means cheap and it can be devastating if it goes wrong.

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What are the different types of cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic treatments for your teeth tend to be elective – you choose to have it done, rather than is been essential treatment. Popular procedures include:

  • Teeth whitening
    Sometimes also referred to as teeth bleaching, the dentist makes up gum trays in the shape of your teeth. You fill the trays with whitening gel and put them over your teeth to gradually whiten them. Another option is laser whitening, where a bleaching gel is used with laser heat to make it work faster.
  • Dental veneers
    Veneers tend to be porcelain and are fitted over your existing teeth to improve your smile and appearance. They are custom-made by dentists.
  • Crowns
    For teeth that are broken, the entire outer surface of the tooth is replaced.
  • Dental implants
    If you have lost teeth, dental implants are custom-made replacement teeth that are anchored into your jaw, making them a more permanent solution than dentures.
  • Composite bonding (cosmetic bonding)
    This is a repair process where a type of bonding resin is used to fill holes or chipped and damaged teeth. Once the bonding has been shaped and matched to your teeth, it is set using high-intensity light.

Why make a claim?

Dental complaints arise when procedures have either gone wrong, or the customer is not happy with the standard of care and treatment they’ve received. 

We’ve helped people who’ve been left in physical and emotional pain when veneers have gone wrong, or they’ve had recurring dental implants problems due to sub-standard work.

If this happens to you, not only should you claim for the awful experience you’ve been through, you will probably also need to finance having the mistake corrected, which can be costly and time-consuming.

If a dental professional has injured you, or carried out bad dental work, it’s your right to bring them to justice and claim financial damages.

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How can First4Lawyers help?

First4Lawyers have years of experience in helping people with No Win No Fee* dental negligence claims (not applicable in Scotland or Northern Ireland for medical negligence).

Our friendly advisors will listen to your situation and let you know whether you have a case. Our expert solicitors will then help you put a claim together, so that you don’t have to worry about the practicalities and stress – and just focus on correcting what has gone wrong.

How much compensation will I receive for cosmetic dentistry medical negligence?

Cosmetic dentistry is a complicated and varied subject. Claims are worked out based on your individual circumstances, as well as taking into account any losses you have suffered. As a general example though, the loss or damage of a single tooth can receive amounts between £1,930 and £3,460, whereas an accident or injury that has left you with significant, chronic tooth pain can be awarded general damages of up to £33,430. See our compensation calculator for more examples.

 

How the claim process works

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Discuss

Discuss your situation

One of our friendly, legally trained advisors will get in touch with you. They will assess whether you have a claim and match you with the right solicitor for the case

Manage

Manage your claim

Our specialist No Win No Fee* solicitors will then manage the entire claim from start to finish, helping you get the justice and compensation you deserve

Is there a time limit for making a claim?

The time limit for making a claim tends to be three years from the day it happened, but where medical negligence is concerned it can be longer, as your symptoms may take a while to emerge. Where that is the case you have three years from the ‘date of knowledge’, or the date you found out the damage and likely cause.

I think I have a claim, what do I do next?

If you’ve experienced sub-standard treatment while have a cosmetic dental procedure, you should get in touch with us for a no-obligation chat. We can talk you through the details and advice you whether you have a case. Our advisors have lots of experience in dealing with medical negligence and will outline your options and any next steps.

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Frequently asked questions

I've been the victim of medical negligence. What should I do?

If you have suffered as a result of medical negligence, it’s important to act as soon as possible to prevent your illness or injury from getting worse over time.

Additionally, it’s important to be compensated for your injuries and your claim could bring those responsible to justice, preventing similar substandard care from affecting someone else.

If you believe you have been the victim of medical negligence, our experts are on hand to advise you on what to do next:

  • You should seek medical advice from a trustworthy medical practitioner and have your injury or illness assessed to determine if you are receiving the right treatment to recover.
  • Contact a legal expert with a background in medical negligence cases. One of our fully qualified and pre-screened solicitors will assess your case and advise whether or not you have a claim.
  • Identify who is at fault for medical negligence. In the vast majority of cases, healthcare professionals such as GPs, doctors and surgeons are responsible for your health and well-being, so if anything goes wrong under their care, then they are at fault.

Recovering from surgery after an illness or injury can be stressful, and we don’t believe that you should suffer further as a result of ill-advice and poor care. If you believe that you have been the victim of medical negligence, then our experts will give you the advice you need to take your case forward.

Whatever the circumstances, you’re within your rights to know for sure if you can make a compensation claim. We will do our very best to take you through the claiming process, so you can concentrate on making a full recovery.  
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Can I claim against a dentist?

Yes, whether you were treated privately or by the NHS you can make a claim against your dentist if you have sustained an injury or illness due to receiving poor treatment or substandard care.

This can include anything from misdiagnosis, wrong tooth removal, nerve injuries, infection and problems that could eventually lead to oral cancer.

Am I entitled to make a medical negligence claim?

Yes, if you have been let down by a healthcare professional, or have suffered as a result of substandard care, then you could make a claim for medical negligence and be compensated for the poor level of care you have received.

What’s more, by making a claim, you’re bringing those responsible to justice, and could prevent someone else from receiving similarly poor care in the future.

Medical negligence can be defined as:

  • Poor care received in a hospital
  • Misdiagnosis of an illness or injury
  • Substandard operations
  • Being given the wrong prescription medicine

However it happens, medical negligence can be serious and in some cases, even traumatic.

If you’ve received substandard medical care and are unsure if you have a case to make a claim, you can speak to one of our legal experts, who will advise you on whether or not you’re eligible to make a claim for compensation.

Can I claim against a private healthcare company?

Yes, you can make a medical negligence claim against a private healthcare company.

All hospitals or healthcare providers will have a private insurance company to cover claims like this.

See our guide on 'how to complain to a private healthcare company'.

Can I make a No Win No Fee* claim for medical negligence?

Yes, No Win No Fee* arrangements can be agreed for medical negligence cases. When you contact First4Lawyers, we’ll be able to tell you if you are likely to have a case, and can arrange a No Win No Fee* agreement.

If you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland you cannot use No Win No Fee* agreements in medical negligence cases. 

How long does a medical negligence claim take?

Every case is unique so there is no set time limit for the case to be settled.

As an average guideline, standard cases can take between 12 and 18 months to be settled, but this is by no means a definitive timeline.

Can I make a claim online?

Yes, you can either start your claim online, or by calling us using the number at the top of the screen.

If you want to start your claim now, simply enter a few details into our online claim form, and one of our legal advisors will call you back to discuss your claim in more detail.

When completing the form, you’ll need to describe the type of accident you’ve been involved in, for example: road traffic accident, slip, trip or fall, medical negligence etc. (you can select the appropriate option from a drop down menu).

You should also write a brief description of your accident, including details on what happened and when, if you were injured in the accident and what your injuries were. This helps us to understand the nature of your accident, so that one of our experts will be able to advise you on your next steps.

We’ll also need a few contact details, including your full name, telephone number as well as an alternative telephone number (in case we’re unable to reach you). You can also include your email address, if you’d prefer us to email you with further details.

Let us know what time it’s best for us to call you back - we understand that it’s not always convenient for you to talk, so we'll call at that pre-arranged time, when you'll be expecting us.

Making a claim online will help to save you time and will ensure that you receive a phone call back from us as soon as possible. During the call, we will ask you a few questions about your accident and advise you if you’re eligible to make a claim, and if so, what you can do next.

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Can I call you for free advice?

Yes, our team of friendly experts are more than happy to help, and will answer any questions you have regarding a claim, even if you’re unsure whether you’re eligible.

Contact us for a free and confidential discussion.

Can I be compensated for losses as well as my injury?

Yes, you may be entitled to compensation for losses other than your personal injury.

A personal injury claim is split into two parts: general damages and special damages.

  • General damages are paid for the pain and suffering and emotional distress from your physical injury.
  • Special damages relate to damaged belongings or financial losses resulting from the injury.

 

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