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Surgical Error Resulting In Nerve Damage

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How to Make a Dental Nerve Compensation Claim

Dental treatment makes many people nervous, particularly when surgical intervention is necessary. Whilst the treatment that we receive is generally to a high standard, there are instances when things can go wrong. If this happens, you could be entitled to seek dental nerve compensation. To bring a claim, it must be demonstrated that:

  • you suffered tooth or nerve damage during a dental surgery
  • the damage was due to a dental surgery error that should not have happened

Dental negligence compensation can be claimed to help you overcome both physical and psychological injury you may have suffered. Your best option is to contact personal injury solicitors with experience dealing with dental negligence claims. We have that experience here at Hampson Hughes, with our team of experts able to explore your legal options with regards to a claim for dental nerve damage.

More information on making a successful dental nerve damage claim is available in the drop-down boxes on this page.

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Some of the expected compensation figures related to dental implant negligence claims in the UK are:

Claim Type Compensation Amount
Significant, chronic tooth pain – extending over a number of years
together with significant general deterioration in the overall condition of teeth
Up to £33,430
Loss of or serious damage to several front teeth £7,650 to £10,010
Loss of or serious damage to two front teeth £3,810 to £6,690
Loss of or serious damage to one front tooth £1,930 to £3,460
Loss of or damage to back teeth; per tooth £960 to £1,500
  • How Does Dental Nerve Damage Occur?

    Whether it is filling, root canal, extraction or more complicated dental surgery, there is a chance that you could suffer injury as a result of the treatment. If this occurred due to negligence in the form of a dental surgery error, you are entitled to seek dental nerve compensation for injury or illness you have suffered.

    One of the most common injuries that are found within dental surgery error is that of tooth nerve damage or facial nerve damage. It only takes a relatively minor mistake from your dentist to cause long-term pain and suffering or loss of sensation. Sometimes people are unsure if they can claim dental nerve compensation.

    Below you will see a few examples of dental procedures that could result in dental nerve damage if performed incorrectly. These include:

    • Extraction of any tooth but more commonly molars
    • Surgical removal of a wisdom tooth
    • Root canal surgery
    • Dental implant
    • Installation of a dental bridge

    The dental nerve is a crucial part of our teeth. The sensory neurones carry signals from receptors up through the spinal cord to the brain. The sensory receptors in the nerve can sense any changes in the environment, and when stimulated, they send electrical impulses to the brain. If you have suffered tooth nerve damage it could have a long-term impact on your teeth, gums and mouth, so it is important that you seek redress by way of remedial treatment and compensation for your pain, suffering and losses.

    The common forms of dental nerve damage include; the lingual nerve, the inferior alveolar nerve, and the mental nerve and the trigeminal nerve. Damage to these nerves can have impacts ranging from a change in taste perception, impair speech, cause pain and/or numbness in the lips, gums and/or chin, or in the more serious cases, cause sensory paralysis in the lower lip and extreme pain. In some cases, the damage can sadly be permanent.

  • What are the Symptoms and Causes of Dental Surgery Errors?

    There could be several reasons why an error has been made during dental treatment. It may be a simple mistake, or oversight, however in some cases it may lack of due care an attention, poor technique or insufficient training.  Dental Practitioners should have the requisite experience and judgment to ensure that we are afforded the standard of care to be expected.

    Dental surgery error can occur because the treatment has fallen short of this standard. You may know immediately that there is a problem, as you are having dental surgery performed. In some cases, it might take a while to become apparent. These are some of the symptoms that you should be aware of that could indicate you have suffered nerve damage:

    • Burning or tingling sensations
    • Changes in skin colour around the affected area
    • Pins and needles
    • Lack of feeling in your tongue for longer than dentist stated
    • Shooting pains in the jaw
    • Neuropathy (nerve-type pain)

    It is important that contact us as soon as possible if you need to discuss your legal options, as dental nerve compensation will help compensate you for your pain, suffering and losses.

  • Are There Time Limits on Making a Dental Nerve Compensation Claim?

    Any person seeking dental negligence compensation is subject to standard time limits for such a claim:

    • You have three years from the date of dental negligence to make a claim for a dental surgery error
    • In some cases, this can be three years from the date when you first became aware of the dental negligence
    • If the claim relates to a child under the age of 18, or a person who lacks the mental capacity to claim, the three-year time limit can start from the age of 18, or a trusted adult can claim on behalf of the individual at any time before then
  • How Can I Find Specialist Dental Negligence Solicitors?

    If you have suffered tooth nerve damage and wish to seek assistance regarding a potential claim for dental nerve compensation then we can help. The team at Hampson Hughes has vast experience in assisting those who have suffered dental surgery error and nerve damage as a result of dental negligence.

    We offer a dedicated and consistently professional approach to all our clients, working towards obtaining maximum compensation for your claim. Contact our legal experts by calling 0151 236 1222 or by emailing and we’ll be happy to discuss our range of legal services.

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