Making a dental nerve injury claim
What is a dental nerve injury?
Dental nerve injury can arise as a result of dental treatment that disturbs and damages the nerves.
The trigeminal nerve, for instance, governs sensation in the face, as well activities such as biting, chewing, and even speaking. These symptoms are often temporary, but in some cases they can be permanent. The associated lingual nerve governs sensitivity in the floor of the mouth and the front part of the tongue.
Nerve damage can arise during dental treatment such as tooth extraction, root canal treatment, injections and dental implants
What are the symptoms associated with dental nerve damage?
Dental nerve injury can result in a range of symptoms, including:
- numbness or loss of sensation in the face/tongue/cheeks/gums;
- tingling, burning or pain;
- loss of taste; and
- impaired ability to eat or speak.
Can I claim compensation for dental nerve injury?
Nerve damage is a recognised risk of dental surgery, so a dental nerve damage claim can only be made where there is evidence to establish that it was avoidable and resulted from an error. It is therefore important to seek an assessment from solicitors who are experienced in this field and will be able to determine whether the nerve damage was an unfortunate but unavoidable consequence of the dental surgery being performed, or whether it arose as a result of a failing on the part of the dentist.
How much compensation can I claim?
If we review your case and conclude that you are entitled to make a dental nerve injury claim then we will provide an initial assessment of the compensation that you will be able to claim.
Compensation is calculated on a case-by-case basis, according to the individual circumstances of the person making the claim.
We will firstly look at the injury itself. What are your symptoms? How severe are they? What impact do they have on your life? And will they improve with time or remain the same?
We will then assess the financial impact of the dental negligence. What costs and expenses have you incurred as a result? And will you require specialist private dental treatment going forward?
Do I have to pay legal fees?
Our specialist lawyers work on a no win, no fee basis and will cover all associated expenses such as the cost of any dental report that might be necessary. If you lose your claim you will not have to pay any legal costs. If you win, most of your legal fees will be recovered from the opponent. You can read more about how our no win, no fee funding scheme works here.
Free nerve damage case assessment
Contact our team of specialist lawyers for a free assessment of your claim by calling 0333 888 0406 or emailing us at [email protected]