The Medical Practitioners Act 2007 recognises Dentists as medical practitioners, therefore Dentists have a duty of care to their patients to conduct dental procedures to a high standard.
The growth in orthodontic procedures and elective cosmetic dentistry (e.g. teeth whitening, crowns, veneers, implants etc.) in recent years has sparked an increase in dental negligence/ dental injury cases.
The above list outlines the most common cases of dental negligence however, this list is not exhaustive. There are many areas wherein a dental practitioner can be found to have failed in their duty of care.
Negligent dental care does not include dental care that was simply unsuccessful or yielding unexpected results. 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.
To avoid any further distress, we will establish whether or not there is a valid case and begin the process by taking up a copy of all relevant dental records. Your dental records will be sent to an expert in this area of dentistry for a liability report. The liability report is crucial to any case of dental negligence as it will outline whether to not your treating dentist was negligent and if there is a case to answer for.
From there we can move forward with your case while you focus on your physical and mental recovery.
With over 20 years’ experience in personal injury, medical negligence and dental negligence claims, Tiernan & Co. Solicitors have the required knowledge and skill set to advance our client’s cases and ensure our client’s receive the compensation they deserve.
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