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Can I Sue My Dentist for Nerve Damage? Your Rights

Nerve damage after dental work? Know your rights and legal options in the UK.

Nerve damage after a dental procedure is a painful and potentially life-altering experience. If you believe your dentist’s negligence caused this injury, you might be wondering about your legal options. This comprehensive guide will delve into the intricacies of suing your dentist for nerve damage in the UK, offering clarity on your rights and the potential steps you can take to seek redress. We will also highlight how you can start a medical negligence claim.

Understanding Nerve Damage in Dentistry

Nerve damage can occur during various dental procedures, such as tooth extractions, root canals, dental implant placements, and even routine fillings. The trigeminal nerve, responsible for sensation in the face, is particularly vulnerable. Damage to this nerve can lead to numbness, tingling, pain, and even loss of taste.

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Establishing Dental Negligence

To have a viable claim against your dentist, you must establish dental negligence. This involves demonstrating that your dentist breached their duty of care, meaning they did not provide treatment to the standard expected of a reasonably competent dentist. Additionally, you must prove that this breach directly caused your nerve damage.

Types of Dental Nerve Damage Claims

  • Inferior Alveolar Nerve (IAN) Damage: The IAN is responsible for sensation in the lower lip, chin, and teeth. Damage to this nerve is often a result of wisdom tooth extraction or dental implant surgery.
  • Lingual Nerve Damage: The lingual nerve provides sensation to the tongue. Damage can occur during procedures affecting the lower molars.
  • Mental Nerve Damage: This nerve supplies sensation to the lower lip and chin. Damage can occur during procedures involving the lower front teeth.

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Gathering Evidence for Your Claim

Building a strong case for dental negligence requires comprehensive evidence. This includes:

  • Medical Records: Detailed records of your dental treatment, including X-rays, notes, and referrals.
  • Expert Opinions: Independent medical experts can assess your condition and provide reports on the cause and extent of your nerve damage.
  • Witness Statements: Statements from witnesses, such as other dental professionals or individuals who observed changes in your condition.

Financial Compensation for Nerve Damage

If your claim is successful, you may be entitled to compensation for various aspects of your suffering, including:

  • Pain and Suffering: The physical and emotional distress caused by your nerve damage.
  • Loss of Earnings: If your injury affects your ability to work.
  • Medical Expenses: Costs associated with your treatment and rehabilitation.
  • Future Care: If you require ongoing care or support.

Time Limits for Making a Claim

In the UK, there is generally a three-year time limit for making a dental negligence claim. This typically starts from the date of your injury or the date you became aware of the injury. However, there are exceptions for children and individuals with mental incapacity.

Making a Medical Negligence Claim with National Claims

At National Claims, we understand the devastating impact that medical negligence can have on your life and the lives of your loved ones. If you believe you or a family member has suffered harm due to substandard medical care, such as misdiagnosis, surgical errors, medication errors, or delayed treatment, we are here to help you seek the justice and compensation you deserve.

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We recognise that every medical negligence case is unique, and we’re here to offer you a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your specific situation. During this consultation, we’ll listen attentively to your experience, and assess the potential strength of your claim. Our team will then connect you with a qualified solicitor from our panel who specialises in medical negligence claims, ensuring that you receive the expert legal representation needed to pursue your case effectively.

*Customers pay up to 25% (incl. VAT) of the amount recovered towards solicitor costs and if you cancel outside your cooling off period, you may be charged a fee.

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