Damage to Teeth Claim
If you have suffered damage to your teeth in an accident that was not your fault, we are here to help. Our experienced solicitors at Coleman Legal LLP understand the complexities of dental injury claims and will support you throughout the entire legal process.
What are the causes of damaged teeth claims?
Damage to teeth claims in Ireland can arise from various accidents or incidents. Some common causes of damaged to teeth claims include:
- Road traffic accidents: Collisions or impacts during car, motorcycle, or bicycle accidents can lead to broken teeth. The force generated during a collision can cause the teeth to hit hard surfaces, resulting in fractures or complete loss of teeth. Read more.
- Slips, trips, and falls: A slip, trip, or fall can lead to a person landing face-first or hitting their mouth against a hard surface, causing trauma to the teeth and resulting in fractures or chips. Read more.
- Workplace accidents: In some occupational settings, such as construction sites or factories, employees might be at risk of accidents that can cause facial injuries, including broken teeth. Falls from heights, objects hitting the face, or machinery-related incidents can be potential causes. Read more. Read more.
- Sports injuries: Participating in contact sports or high-impact activities without adequate protection can increase the risk of dental injuries. Accidents during sports like rugby, hockey, soccer, or martial arts can lead to broken teeth. Read more.
- Defective products: In some cases, defective products, such as poorly designed mouthguards or safety equipment, can fail to protect against dental injuries, leading to claims against manufacturers or suppliers. Read more.
- Dental negligence: Dental injuries may also occur due to improper dental procedures or negligence during dental treatments, which could give rise to a claim against a dentist or healthcare provider. Read more.
It is important to note that the success of a damage to teeth claim depends on establishing that another party’s negligence or wrongdoing caused the injury. Suppose you have experienced a fractured teeth injury due to an accident or incident for which you were not at fault. In that case, seeking legal advice from a qualified solicitor experienced in personal injury claims is crucial to understand your rights and options for seeking compensation.
Compensation claims for broken teeth
Source: Personal Injuries Guidelines
If you have suffered damage to your teeth due to an accident in Ireland, you may be entitled to make a compensation claim. The compensation amount for damage to teeth claims is determined based on the severity of the injury and the extent of the required treatment.
In cases of severe dental injury, where there has been a course of treatment due to the initial injury, the compensation awarded will vary depending on the extent and discomfort of the treatment received. If there are difficulties with eating, it may increase the compensation amount. Such cases might also overlap with jaw fractures, leading to awards falling into the brackets applicable to jaw fractures. Additionally, the compensation awards may be higher when the damage requires protracted dentistry or results in significant, chronic tooth pain (such as from an untreated abscess) over the years.
The compensation amounts for different types of dental injuries in Ireland, according to the Personal Injuries Guidelines, are as follows:
1. Loss of or serious damage to several front teeth.
Compensation range: €12,500-€30,000
2. Loss of or serious damage to two front teeth.
Compensation range: €7,000-€15,000
3. Loss of or serious damage to one front tooth.
Compensation range: €3,500-€8,500
4. Loss of or damage to back teeth
Compensation range: €1,500-€3,000 (per tooth).
If you have experienced an injury to your teeth due to an accident, seeking legal advice from a professional solicitor experienced in handling dental injury, claims is crucial.
At Coleman Legal LLP, our dedicated solicitors will compassionately assess your case, ensuring you receive fair compensation for your dental injury. We understand the impact such damages can have on your daily life, and our goal is to guide you through the claims process and advocate for your rights to achieve a favourable resolution for your damage to teeth claim.
Damage to teeth claim application process
1. Contact our damage to teeth claim solicitor
Our team of experienced solicitors in Ireland is here to assist you with your claim. We understand that damage to teeth claims can be complex, and our solicitors will work with you every step of the way to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
2. The PIAB Application
The first step in making a damage to teeth claim in Ireland is to make an application to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB). PIAB handles claims related to workplace injuries, road traffic accidents, serious injuries, and accidents in public places.
3. Submitting information and documents to PIAB
Your solicitor will gather all the necessary evidence, including medical reports and expert reports, and submit them to PIAB on your behalf.
4. Consent to assess the claim
Once the application is submitted, PIAB will send a formal notification of the claim to the defendant(s). The defendant(s) have 90 days to indicate whether or not they consent to the assessment of the claim. If the defendant consents, PIAB will proceed with the assessment. If they decline, an Authorisation will be granted to allow the claimant to bring court proceedings.
5. Claim assessment time
If PIAB is assessing the claim, it usually takes around 9 months for them to issue their assessment. This assessment reflects the general and special damages awarded in respect of your claim. If both parties accept the assessment, PIAB will issue an Order to Pay, which must be discharged by the defendant(s) within 10 days. A settlement cheque will then be issued to the claimant.
If either party rejects the assessment, an Authorisation will be granted by PIAB to bring court proceedings. Our expert solicitors will then work with you to ensure that your case is heard in court and that you receive the compensation you deserve.
Statute of Limitations
You have two years from the date of the accident within which to issue proceedings. If you are under 18, a separate set of rules apply, and we would recommend you contact our solicitors to discuss these. Learn more about the statute of limitation.
Our dedicated team has a collective experience of over 30 years, and we are ready to advise and assist you with your building site accident claim. Our team can guide you through the PIAB application and advise on the best course of action to take, to ensure you are awarded the fairest compensation for your individual case.
At Coleman Legal LLP, we understand our client’s circumstances. We understand that because you are reading this part of our website, you have likely been involved in an accident and perhaps have been injured. It’s at times like this that you need the support of an experienced firm that can assist you with the practical issues that now confront you as a result of the fault of another. For example, you may need to understand your Social Welfare entitlements should you be out of work. Also, it’s important for you to know that your legal advisers will obtain all of the important Reports that may be required to ensure that you get the best outcome in your case.
We provide a national service and can meet you locally to ensure that you have a voice and access to the best advice and resources that may be needed in your particular case. Our service is about you, the client and we speak plain English with no unnecessary legal jargon. Our teams have dealt with thousands of claims over many years and pride ourselves in our respectful and concerned approach to all of our clients.
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