What can happen when dental treatment goes wrong.
For many, just the thought of going to the dentist can bring shivers down the spine, but for some it really is an experience that they will never wish to relive again.
Although we are fortunate in having so many excellent dental professionals in the UK, mistakes can happen and when they do the results can be devastating. When medical accidents are made, this area of law is called clinical negligence and when it occurs in dentistry it it is called Dental Negligence.
Dental negligence can have a number of repercussions; these include financial loss for the cost of revision dental work, unnecessary pain and psychological trauma. Everyone has the right to a high standard of care so we’re here to help if you feel you’ve received negligent treatment.
Some of the more common injuries that can be caused by dental negligence include for example, the wrong tooth being removed and anesthetic not being administered properly. However more serious issues include problems with root canal treatment, long term nerve injuries and cosmetic dentistry problems. The most serious cases may involve oral mouth cancer.
Injuries do not always have to be physical in nature and the psychological implications of receiving negligent treatment can be just as damaging. There has been recent cases in the local media where it has come to light that a dentist, in Splott in Cardiff, had not always followed good practice whilst giving treatment which resulted in patients being placed at risk of infections from other patients. Patients were assured that there was a very low risk of transfer of infections like hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV, but the thought of such a risk of harm can cause stress and anxiety and psychological trauma, and in these circumstances a patient may be entitled to compensation.
So if you have experienced an issue with your dentist our clinical negligence team at Watkins and Gunn Solicitors can help. Contact us today on 01633 262122.