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Dental Negligence Claim Solicitors Preston

Dental negligence claims solicitors Preston

Seeking legal advice of any kind can be nerve-wracking, but seeking legal advice for negligence can be even more overwhelming, especially if the outcome of the situation has impacted your mental and physical health. At Farleys, we understand how you feel, and we do everything in our power to make the process as hassle-free and streamlined as possible for every client we take.

Regardless of your circumstances, we believe everyone should have access to reliable legal advice from their local solicitors, and that’s exactly why we opened our Preston branch. Our trustworthy dental negligence solicitors in Preston are here to help you handle your situation and advise you on the best course of action to take. We know how difficult this can be, but we’ll be there to support you every step of the way, keeping you up to date on any progress with your case so you know exactly what is happening and when, so you can rest easy knowing you’re in safe hands.

Make a dental negligence claim in Preston 

If you feel like you’ve been affected by dental negligence in Preston, we can help. We offer a variety of legal services to support you in getting the justice you deserve. At Farleys, we go the extra mile to make sure you receive fair compensation for any harm, be it physical, emotional or financial, that you have suffered due to your dentist’s negligence. Our team of dental negligence claims solicitors in Preston will do all they can to hold your dentist accountable for not providing you with the accepted standard of care as a patient so you can get the financial support you need to maintain your quality of life.

We know this can be a stressful time, especially if you’re still dealing with the effects of your dentist’s negligence. Once our experts fully understand your situation, they’ll work to resolve it as quickly as possible in the fairest way possible while always prioritising your best interest. To book an appointment with one of our friendly solicitors, please do not hesitate to call us at 01254606008 or fill out our online enquiry form, and we’ll be in touch. 

What is dental negligence?

Dental negligence is when your dentist fails to meet the accepted standard of care, and through this lack of care they cause harm to their patient. The umbrella of dental negligence encapsulates many different scenarios including unfinished or poorly performed procedures and procedures carried out without the right preparation, equipment, or appropriate level of care.

Some more specific instances of dental negligence cases our solicitors can help you with include:

  • Root canals leading to nerve injuries, including the unnecessary severing of nerves
  • Failed fillings causing pain and that may even lead to the need for further treatment
  • Tooth extractions (including wisdom tooth removals) where nerves and gums are damaged, or even in rare cases, the wrong tooth gets extracted
  • Failed implant treatment, or implant treatment that has caused damage to your mouth or jaw bone
  • Cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as the fitting of veneers, implants, bridges and teeth whitening gone wrong
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Delayed or missed diagnosis
  • Failed diagnosis (including periodontitis and oral cancer misdiagnosis)
  • Inadequate radiology or imaging
  • Informed consent issues such as failing to obtain consent, to sufficiently explain the risks and benefits of treatment, provide a treatment plan, preventative or oral hygiene advice, etc.
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Can I make a dental negligence claim in Preston?

If you feel strongly that your dentist provided you with sub-par care and, as a result, you have suffered physically, mentally or financially (or in some cases, all three), you may have grounds to pursue a dental negligence claim in Preston. The process of proving dental negligence is often difficult, so in order to win your case, you’ll have to be able to clearly demonstrate that your dentist did not meet the acceptable standard of care.

To strengthen your case, we recommend presenting as much supporting evidence as you can. Here are some examples of what that looks like:

  • Dental records
  • Statements from witnesses
  • A second opinion from another expert
  • Relevant photos, such as those showing your injuries
  • Financial records

It’s worth noting that in some cases, another medical professional with the same or a higher level of expertise may be contacted to give their expert opinion and evaluate the work of your dentist. Even with all the evidence supplied, it can be a complicated process that takes time, so if you live local to Preston and you think you have a dental negligence case, get in touch with our solicitors as soon as you can.

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What are the time limits for claiming dental negligence compensation?

Usually there is a three-year time limit that starts from the day you had the treatment to file a claim. However, if the effects of the negligence were not immediately noticeable, you may have an additional three years from the date you became aware of the impact of your dentist’s negligence, this is known as the ‘date of knowledge’.

If you’re unsure which bracket your situation falls under, our dental negligence solicitors can help you. We can also help and advise you through the process of gathering evidence, preparing your case, and filing your claim.

For most dental negligence claims in Preston, a courtroom appearance isn’t necessary. However, if your case does proceed to court, rest assured that we will be by your side every step of the way. First and foremost, our goal is to provide you with the best possible outcome.

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Get to know Preston team

Operating out of Preston’s legal quarter, our team is highly regarded across the North West for delivering exceptional legal support and advice to our clients on a range of legal matters, including dental negligence. You can find us at Charnley House, 13 Winckley Square, Preston PR1 3JJ, located just a few minutes walk away from the Fishergate shopping centre and Preston train station.

Prestons local solicitors

We’ve been serving clients across the North West for over 60 years, from our offices in Preston, Blackburn, Shadsworth, Accrington, Burnley, Manchester and Rawtenstall. We understand that every client case is different, and we’re committed to providing you with tailored advice and a personalised plan to address your specific situation. We may even consider handling your case on a no-win, no-fee basis.

If you’d like to speak with one of our experts, feel free to call us at 01254606008, use the online chat feature on our website, or send us an email at We’re always here to listen and help wherever we can.

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Types of Dental Negligence Claims

There are many different types of dental negligence claims, many of which overlap with each other, so the list we’ve provided here isn’t exhaustive.

Generally though, if you’re suffering from prolonged pain or harm to your wellbeing due to one or more of the following, you may be able to claim compensation.

Incomplete or poorly performed procedures

If a procedure is carried out without the right preparation, specialised equipment, or appropriate level of care, it can have serious consequences. Some of the most common dental negligence cases we deal with involve procedures such as:

Types of injuries or adverse effects:

Dentist malpractice can often result in particularly intense or long-term pain (and in the most severe of cases, possibly even both). You may choose to bring a dental injury claim based on:

Diagnosis errors or failures

Like any medical professional, dentists have a responsibility to provide you with a prompt and efficient diagnosis, so that the appropriate treatment can be prescribed. Failures at the diagnosis stage could mean that you end up getting the wrong treatment, which could do you active harm. Diagnosis failures can take the form of:

Informed consent issues

Dentists are legally required to obtain informed consent from their patient before initiating any treatment. ‘Informed’ is the operative word here – dentists must be proactive in ensuring that patients fully understand the risks and benefits before proceeding. Informed consent issues can arise from the following:

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How Long Does A Dental Negligence Claim Take in Preston?

The timescale varies depending on the specifics of each case, but generally dental malpractice claims in Preston can take anywhere between a few months and a few years to settle. The severity or complexity of the injury or negative effects in question are one of the biggest factors which can influence this timescale.

With our decades of experience and wealth of expertise here at Farleys Solicitors, we’re well-practised at efficiently resolving most cases. However, as you’d expect, the bigger and more complex the case, the longer it will take to resolve.

How Much Can I Claim For Dental Negligence?

It’s very difficult to provide even a rough estimate of how much compensation you could expect to receive for your own case, as it’s so heavily dependent on the specifics of your circumstances. Once you’ve had a more detailed discussion with one of our friendly dental negligence claims solicitors, we’ll be able to provide you with a much clearer idea of what to expect.

When does dental treatment become a dental negligence claim?

Over the course of your diagnosis or treatment, if your dentist has made a mistake or misjudgement that’s directly caused or worsened an injury or illness for you, then you may have a dental negligence compensation claim. Wherever possible, we’ll pursue your case on a No Win, No Fee basis, saving you from any unnecessary financial risk.

Do I have a claim for dental negligence in Preston?

Dental negligence usually occurs at the point of diagnosis or treatment. If your physical wellbeing or quality of life has been compromised by any of the following, you could have a claim for dental negligence.

  • Periodontitis (gum disease) which has developed because your dentist has failed to correctly diagnose and treat it in a timely fashion.
  • Incorrect or inadequate fitting of implants, where a serious mistake or oversight has occurred during the procedure.
  • Poorly-executed cosmetic procedures, including veneers, crowns, bridges and teeth whitening.
  • Complications that may have arisen from a tooth extraction procedure, especially if it’s resulted in damage to your nerves and gums. (In rare cases, the wrong tooth may even have been extracted.

It’s important to note that not every failed dental treatment necessarily involves means that your dentist has been negligent.

When you contact us with the full details of your case, one of our dental negligence solicitors will be able to give you a more accurate assessment of the strength of your claim.

How to prove dental negligence

Crucially, for your claim to be successful, you’ll need to present tangible evidence which proves that the negligence occurred, and outlines the harm you suffered as a result. At the outset of your case, one of our top priorities will be to gather this evidence, including medical records, independent medical assessments, and impartial witness testimony.

Obtaining your medical records is not an overnight task, and typically takes anywhere between a few weeks to a few months. However, they’re invaluable for helping us to establish the details of the treatment you received, so that we can determine whether or not negligence occurred. We’ll also need them to accurately assess the effect that your treatment has had on your overall health, wellbeing, and quality of life.

For your claim to be successful, the collected evidence must prove the following:

  • Breach. You must be able to show that your dentist breached his or her duty of care by falling short of the legally acceptable standard.
  • Causation. You’ll need to be able to establish a conclusive link between the dentist’s breach of duty, and the harm you suffered as a direct result. If your evidence is insufficient to prove this link, your case is very unlikely to succeed.
  • Damages. Your evidence must demonstrate the existence, nature and extent of the harm that you’ve suffered as a result of your dentist’s breach of care. If you didn’t suffer direct harm due to this negligence, you will not be able to proceed with your claim.

What can I claim for if I’ve suffered dental negligence in Preston?

The consequences of dental negligence can take a severe toll on your physical and mental health, and it’s not unusual for them to last well into the long-term – months or possibly years. Some effects of dental negligence may even be permanent. Depending on the background and specifics of your case, you may be able to claim for the following:

  • The pain and suffering you’ve endured as a result of this negligence
  • Any loss of earnings due to being forced to take time off work
  • Travel and living expenses, such as any costs incurred by adapting your car or home
  • Ongoing illness and recovery time
  • Costs of past or ongoing care, including compensation for any care and support provided to you by family or friends
  • Certain medical expenses you may have incurred, such as physiotherapy, prescription charge and painkillers, or those arising from corrective treatment or further procedures you’ve needed as a result
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