Gum disease is a risk that we should all be aware of, but visiting the dentist on a regular basis should protect most people. A dental professional is trained to perform a full and thorough analysis of the health of your gums every time that you visit the Dentist.
There are, however, cases where a dental professional fails to recognise or prevent the onset of gum disease, allowing it to worsen and cause further pain and/or damage. In these cases, you may have cause to begin a dental negligence gum disease claim.
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The team at Hampson Hughes has helped many clients over the years who suffered complications as a result of dental negligence. Gum disease compensation will potentially help pay for private treatment to rectify problems caused by misdiagnosis or delay in diagnosis of gum disease, as well as compensate you for the pain, suffering and financial costs you have already incurred.
What Happens if I Suffer Dental Negligence Causing Gum Disease?
There is a real problem with gum disease, in that once it has progressed to a certain stage, there is very little that can be done to eradicate it, as there is no real cure. In these cases where gum disease has progressed from gingivitis to periodontal disease, the most a dentist can do is to attempt to limit bone loss and maintain stability. Regular dental and hygienist visits are imperative to maintain healthy gums when this happens.
A delay in diagnosis can lead to compensation for dental negligence causing gum disease, when it has caused a deterioration in the health of a patient’s gums, which can result in a range of physical and psychological consequences. Gum disease claims often result from dental negligence in relation to a failure to identify and treat one or more of the following symptoms of periodontal disease:
Gums that are red and swollen
Gums that bleed when brushing teeth and/or flossing
Bad breath that remains at all times of the day
Abscesses that cause intense pain and discharge at regular intervals
A need for teeth to be extracted due to loosening of support tissue in the gums
Gums that are receding
Painfully sensitive teeth
How Do I Know I have a Dental Negligence Gum Disease Claim?
Your dentist is responsible for monitoring the health of your gums. If you visit your dentist on a regular basis they should provide a full and thorough health check-up of your teeth and gums. Once gum disease has been identified, the dentist has an obligation to put in place a treatment programme that prevents the gum disease from progressing any further. As stated above, once gingivitis develops into periodontal disease the impact is long-lasting.
Complications relating to the impact of dental negligence causing gum disease include:
The gums could recede further, leading to a loss of several teeth in a short space of time
Infection can spread from the gums to the jaw causing further complications
Severe delay in diagnosis of gum disease could potentially lead to the loss of bone in the jaw, which can make remedial treatment after tooth loss difficult.
The complications relating to untreated and undiagnosed gum disease can be so painful and permanent; that is why it is vital that your dentist identifies and treats it as early as possible to prevents development. If you feel you have suffered dental negligence then you are may be entitled to seek gum disease compensation.
How Much Does it Cost to Make Gum Disease Claims?
We know that it might seem daunting at first should you be looking into making a claim for gum disease compensation. Hampson Hughes’ are here to put your mind at ease and to help you identify the best funding option for you. From the first time you contact us, we’ll look at your situation and guide you to the right option to protect your financial interests.
In the majority of cases, our clients sign a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) that means you are instructing us on a No Win No Fee basis – an option you may have heard about. In this instance, if your gum disease claim is not successful, you are not liable for the associated legal costs. For some people however, other funding options are more suitable. We have helped clients explore whether their currently active insurance policies could cover such legal costs.
What are the Time Limits on a Gum Disease Compensation Claim?
With any type of dental negligence claim, there will be a time limit linked to how long you have to make a claim. If you have suffered due to a delay in diagnosis and/or treatment of gum disease, the following time limits apply:
You have 3 years from the date the dental negligence occurred to make gum disease claims
In some cases, you may have 3 years from the date that you first became aware of the dental negligence causing gum disease
If a patient was under the age of 18 at the time of the incident, they have 3 years from their 18th birthday to claim, or an adult family member may claim on their behalf before that point.
How Do I Find an Expert in Dental Negligence and Gum Disease Claims?
If you believe you have suffered dental negligence causing gum disease then you do have a right to seek gum disease compensation. The team at Hampson Hughes has a wealth of experience within the dental negligence legal field and we are here to offer a consistent level of professional legal support and guidance to support you through all aspects of gum disease claims.
There are various long-term psychological and physical impacts relating to untreated gum disease and we will work hard on your behalf to obtain the maximum amount of compensation to support you with any ongoing impacts of the dental negligence you have suffered. To find out more please feel free to contact our legal team today by calling 0151 236 1222 or by emailing [email protected].
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