Compensation for Dentist Negligence
How much compensation for dentist negligence can I get if my dentist never told me I had gum disease?
It is not possible to tell you how much compensation for dentist negligence you could be entitled to receive without first knowing the extent and nature of your gum disease. It would also be helpful to know how and why your dentist failed to diagnose your gum disease in addition to the impact this gum disease has had on you quality of life subsequently. Therefore it is in your best interest to contact a claims solicitor who has knowledge of negligent dentist claims at the first possible moment. Once they have been informed of your particular situation they will be able to evaluate how much you could be eligible to receive and also inform you of whether or not is worth your while to pursue a claim.
Your compensation claim for when the dentist was negligent will be calculated based on a number of factors. These may include your age, sex, general state of health prior to sustaining gum disease, the pain and suffering you have endured and any impact it has had on your life financially or psychologically. The area of medical negligence claim that takes into account any financial consequences a dental negligence injury may have had on your life is referred to as “special damages”.
Special damages can be split into two categories — “incidental special damages” and “consequential special damages”. With incidental special damages you can be compensated for any immediate expenses incurred in remedying your gum disease. With incidental special damages you could reclaim the cost of any medication you had to purchase as part of your claim for compensation for dentist negligence. Consequential special damages cover the more long-term financial consequences of a personal injury, so if for instance your gum disease has caused you to miss any work then you could be compensated for loss of earnings.
General damages is the area of personal injury claim that will take into account any non-financial changes you have had to make to your life as a result of gum disease and also any psychological injury you may have suffered. For instance, if your gum disease gets to a severe stage where tooth loss is experienced, this could greatly affect a person’s confidence. For some people it could have a detrimental impact on their social lives or their enjoyment leisure activities. Loss of amenity is an area of general damages which compensates for this loss of enjoyment of life. If you have experienced any of these scenarios you should maintain a diary and take note of any times that your gum disease has prevented you from taking part in day to day life. This diary could serve to strengthen your negligent dentist claim. If the anxiety is severe, it is advisable that you seek the help of a counsellor who will be able to diagnose a psychological injury and provide you with assistance.
Only a claims solicitor with specific knowledge of your situation will be able to tell you how much compensation you could be eligible to receive. The information provided here is no substitute to seeking professional legal advice. Therefore it is in your best interest to contact a solicitor at the first possible moment to discuss compensation for dentist negligence.