Dental Surgery Injuries or Dental Negligence Injuries
As there has been a growth in general orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry in recent years, unfortunately this has simultaneously resulted in a marked increase in dental negligence cases being brought in Ireland and beyond.
Dentists have an obligation under the Medical Practitioners Act 2007 to conduct procedures to a high standard. These medical negligence cases tend to be of a complex nature, and therefore are not undertaken by the Injuries Board (formerly PIAB).
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What is Dental Negligence?
There has been a very steady increase in the amount of dental negligence been initiated by patients who have suffered after dental surgery or a dental procedure.
There are instances where dental negligence claims are brought in the District Court and the damage is quite minimal.
However, more and more medical negligence, dental negligence and personal injury actions are being taken in the Circuit Court or in certain cases the High Court.
Particular examples of Dental Negligence
- Nerve damage Anaesthesia may not work or may damage the nerve. Local injections into the nerve can result in long term or permanent numbness.
- Cavity filling A filling may be carried out incorrectly, leading to infection or can result in a requirement for a crown to be placed over a tooth.
- Root canal work A dentist may not find or clean out all roots prior to applying a crown. In these circumstances periodontal disease can persist, leading ultimately to tooth removal and replacement with a bridge or an artificial tooth.
- Crowns/Veneers If a crown or veneer doesn’t match the bite surface of the original tooth this can lead to chronic dental pain.
- Cosmetic Dentistry Errors Dental negligence covers a wide variety of treatment and also includes orthodontic care.
As with all dental procedures, sometimes adverse outcomes occur in dental treatment for non-negligent reasons.
For a case of dental negligence to be proven, causation and error on the part of the dental practitioner needs to be established.
There are many different types of dental procedures so your specific dental issue may not be mentioned above. Dental Claims can result from various procedures such as a bad tooth enamel filing, poor extraction, wrong tooth extraction, substandard root canal, poorly fitted veneers and dentures. If in doubt about the procedure and its results, you should seek a second opinon from another qualified dentist, dental surgeon or orthodontist as soon as possible.
Categories of Dental Negligence
Dental negligence can result in injuries that influence both the physical appearance and general health of a patient and can include the work of the following practitioners:
- General dentists
- Prosthodontists (prosthetic dentistry)
The most common claims for dental negligence are in procedures which fall under the following categories:
Prosthodontics – dealing with missing teeth and more specifically the diagnosis, treatment, maintenance, appearance and health of patients with missing teeth.
Endodontics – dealing with tooth pulp and tissue around the root of the tooth. Procedures can include root canal, surgeries for cracked teeth or dental trauma.
Restorative dentistry – combining prosthodontics, periodontics (gum specialists) and endodontics to give multi-faceted care and rehabilitate the teeth. Procedures include veneers and fillings.
Misdiagnosis – defined as preventable adverse effect of care, including inaccurate diagnosis of treatment of disease or injury.
General dental negligence – including the failure to detect problems that should have been found, failure to obtain informed consent, problems with anaesthesia and unnecessary removal of teeth.
The grounds for a dental negligence case must not solely lie with a dissatisfaction with service received. It must be proved that a dentist failed to fulfil his/her duty of care to the patient, whether this be through a mistake made during a procedure, a misdiagnosis or indeed a failure to diagnose the issue.
Have you experienced Medical Negligence in Ireland?
- Have you had a surgical procedure that did not turn out as it should?
- Have you been left in pain or do you continue to suffer from physical discomfort or physical scarring?
- Have you been misdiagnosed or had a delayed diagnosis of cancer or another serious illness which has affected your health?
Our team of medical negligence solicitors at Coleman Legal Medical Negligence Solicitors, Dublin may be able to help you. Any injury suffered during a medical procedure whether it is physical or psychological may have long term effects on the victim and their families.
How We Can Help ?
Pursuing a medical negligence claim in Ireland can be daunting, especially if you are still recovering. Our experienced team of medical negligence solicitors in Dublin and nationwide are on hand to give advice, and advise you of all legal remedies available to you at this stressful time. Our aim is to help you through the trauma of your experience with empathy and understanding, and to ease as much of the stress associated with medical negligence claims as possible.
If you have sustained an injury or contracted an illness due to a situation involving medical negligence and have questions surrounding an incident, please contact our Medical Negligence Solicitors today at Coleman Legal.
Coleman Legal can help you find out if you are eligible for a compensation. If you are eligible for compensation, we will fight for you while you recover, ensuring your best interests are met and that you receive the best settlement or Court Award that is fair to you in the entirety of the circumstances.
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