Can I make a dental negligence compensation claim?
Dental and orthodontic practitioners and surgeons owe the same duty of care as any other medical professional. They must exercise reasonable skill and care in providing treatment and advice to their patients.
We have extensive experience in dental negligence claims for patients who’ve suffered dental injuries as a result of the failure of their dental practitioner or surgeon to exercise reasonable skill and care.
If you believe you’ve had dental or orthodontic treatment that was negligent, unreasonably delayed or simply incorrect, there’s no cost to speak to one of our dental negligence lawyers and get advice on your options.
How much can I claim for dental negligence?
Dental negligence claims payouts range from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Depending on the severity of your injuries, the total compensation amount can include:
- Lost income – the amount of income you’ve lost through time off work.
- Medical expenses – resulting from your injuries or illness.
- Travel expenses – to and from medical appointments and treatment.
- Domestic assistance – the cost of getting help with home duties.
- Pain and suffering – an amount to compensate you for your pain and suffering, based on the extent of your injuries.
- Future losses – for example, your future earnings that you will miss out on as a result of your injuries.
How we can help you.
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Your dental negligence lawyer is backed by a team of experts including paralegals, medico-legal specialists, forensic accountants and barristers. So you’re in safe hands with Australia’s largest specialist personal injury firm.
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Frequently asked questions.
Dental negligence claims can be complex, so it’s important to get good advice and engage the services of a specialist dental negligence lawyer. Your lawyer will engage one or more medical experts who have experience in dental errors to carry out assessments, review your medical records and provide a report detailing how your treatment was negligent.
We’ll manage this process for you, and we’ll cover the medical experts’ costs, so you won’t have to pay anything out of your own pocket.
If your dental negligence claim is denied by the insurer, we then commence proceedings to take the matter to mediation. It’s at this stage that most claims are resolved and a settlement (i.e. a dental negligence payout to you) is agreed upon. In the minority of cases where a settlement isn’t reached, we’ll advise you about taking your claim to court to pursue compensation.
In NSW, you must lodge your statement of claim within three years of the claim being discoverable. However, long-stop periods and considerations can be given to children and people with disabilities. If you’ve exceeded a time limitation, it may be possible for us to argue that the injury was not discoverable until a later date. You can speak with one of our specialist dental negligence lawyers to get advice on your situation.
A no win no fee dental negligence lawyer offers to run your case for you and only get paid when you win. If you choose the right lawyer, it’s an excellent option that allows you to pursue your claim without any risk, but it’s important to check the lawyer’s costs agreement to fully understand what’s covered. With some no win no fee lawyers you can still end up having to pay thousands of dollars in disbursements if your case is unsuccessful. This is because their no win no fee agreements cover their professional fees but not the costs they incur. At Law Partners, our no win no fee, no disbursements guarantee covers all our costs and disbursements as well as our professional fees, so you can pursue your claim with peace of mind.
Why should I choose Law Partners?
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Do I have a case?
Our senior lawyers will assess your case for free.
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