It is the responsibility of every medical professional to ensure they meet the highest standards of health and safety in all their operations, and to put the wellbeing of every patient as their utmost priority. Unfortunately, some dentists fail in this regard and cause unnecessary pain and suffering to their clients through mistreatment, negligence or failings in regards to health and safety regulations.
While nobody likes going to the dentist, when they do attend they expect to receive an excellent standard of service, giving them peace of mind and letting them rest assured that their oral health is as good as it can be and that any problems are being dealt with. This means that dental work and fillings are performed correctly, that any problems are noticed and resolved at the earliest possible opportunity, and that any unnecessary pain and suffering is avoided.
Dentists have an exceptionally skilled job and go through a lot of specific training so patients can ensure they are up-to-standard. However, some highly-trained dentists can act like they are asleep on the job and can miss out or fail to deal with some simple and obvious problems.
For instance, if you lose a tooth due to gum disease, you may think you only have yourself to blame. Nonetheless, if you have had regular check-ups every six months, dental negligence may have a role to play in your problems. Dentists should be able to spot gum disease in its early stages and should be able to provide advice and assistance to help you minimise your risk of losing a tooth.
Cavities are also commonly seen by medical negligence solicitors. Properly inserting fillings in cavities is bread-and-butter work for today's dentists, and modern technologies mean that a competent dentist should easily be able to remedy a cavity and insert a filling without making any errors. Computer mapping of the teeth and 3D printing of fillings has virtually eliminated the risk of patients suffering from ill-fitting fillings.
All-too-regularly, however, fillings are inserted badly. If you have had an ill-fitting filling, you may be experiencing a scraping sensation alongside the cheek or tongue, or the filling might come out after a short period of time. You might face more invasive dental work, which can prove costly, or could even sustain infections and serious oral health problems.
If medical negligence solicitors can demonstrate that these injuries were the result of dental negligence, you should be able to recoup any losses and receive compensation for your pain and suffering through a clinical negligence claim. It is bad enough for you to have endured any discomfort due to the errors of a medical professional, but you shouldn't put up with enduring financial losses as well.
Health and safety regulations and dentists
Usually, medical negligence compensation claims involving dentists result from the incompetence of the healthcare provider. Unfortunately, there are occasionally cases that are due to breaches or ignorance of health and safety regulations and these can frequently see patients suffering long-term health problems.
For instance, health and safety standards call for dentists to keep their practices exceptionally clean. Blood-borne infections can easily be transmitted in dental practices that fail to meet these standards, and many of these illnesses can be long-term or even fatal. Hepatitis B and C and HIV are some obvious examples.
And not only are these diseases serious and upsetting to contract, they can also be financially damaging too. People can endure expensive medical treatments and missed wages or can find them completely infirm and no longer able to work due to such infections. Their quality of life can be severely reduced, with people who were once strong and healthy finding themselves constantly ill and seriously weakened.
Medical negligence compensation cases caused by breaches of health and safety will take these factors into account when deciding on a final payment. It is also likely that government bodies, such as the Health and Safety Executive, will conduct investigations and inspections into the dentist to determine which particular failings were responsible for the infection.
This means that while your clinical negligence claim will see you receiving compensation for your health problems, it will also result in standards improving at the practice responsible for your personal injuries. This should result in fewer people suffering health problems in the future due to improved adherence to health and safety regulations.
You have nothing to lose from contacting medical negligence solicitors and everything to gain. However, it is important to start a clinical negligence claim as soon as possible, so you should contact solicitors immediately to get started,
Carla Steve has spent years analysing medical negligence claims, health, safety regulations and strongly believes in people's right to compensation claims for hospital negligencewhen they have suffered adverse effects from inappropriate or inadequate medical treatment. She has a library's worth of books in her house about clinical negligence.