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Oakwood Solicitors Ltd’s specialist Medical Negligence department has an in-house team of solicitors and legal professionals dedicated solely to this area of law.
With over 24 years of combined experience, we are dedicated to assisting clients who have suffered physically, mentally, and financially as a result of negligent medical treatment. The specialist team pursues an array of medical negligence claims ranging from prescription errors and misdiagnosis to complex birthing injury and spinal claims and everything else in between.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is more commonly known as gum disease. 80% of people over the age of 35 are affected by the condition which, if left untreated, can have devastating implications on your teeth.
In its early stage, gingivitis can occur which involves inflammation and redness of the gums. Gingivitis can be easily treated by removing bacteria from the gumline, but untreated gingivitis can progress to periodontitis. Periodontitis is a much more serious gum disease which causes bone destruction and tooth loss.
If you have periodontal disease, you may attend your dentist with the following symptoms:
Your dentist should treat your symptoms in their early stages by careful brushing and cleaning to prevent the development of the condition.
Untreated periodontitis can also be linked to respiratory disease, rheumatoid arthritis, coronary artery disease, strokes and diabetes.
Can I make a claim for periodontal disease?
You may be able to make a claim for dental negligence if you presented to your dentist with symptoms of periodontal disease, but the dentist did not provide you with adequate treatment.
Your dentist may have:
You would also have to show that this negligent treatment caused additional dental problems above what you would have suffered in any event. For example, you may have suffered avoidable tooth loss and need a replacement.
What is a root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment (endodontics) is a dental procedure used to treat infection at the centre of a tooth (the pulp). The infection, if not treated, damages the tooth and can spread.
You suffer from infection at the pulp your tooth when bacteria in your mouth is able to enter the tooth, which can occur after you have experienced tooth decay, leaky fillings or trauma to your teeth.
Root canal treatment is often offered as a form of treatment to prevent the removal of your tooth. During treatment, often under local anaesthetic, the nerve and pulp is firstly removed from the tooth, prior to the tooth being cleaned, filled and sealed.
Root canal treatment is often successful, with teeth in 9 out of 10 cases surviving up to 10 years after treatment. However, sometimes root canal treatment is unsuccessful, which is sometimes is as a result of negligent treatment.
What could be considered negligent root canal treatment?
Sometimes root canal treatment fails due to negligent treatment. This can include:
As a result of the above negligent treatment, your tooth may need to be re-root treated or lost, which otherwise would not have occurred.
What are retained roots, and what procedures can lead to them?
When you visit a dental practitioner, you expect to receive adequate treatment especially when it comes to a tooth requiring extraction. There are two types of procedures for a tooth extraction, this depends upon whether your tooth is visible or impacted (remains under the gum):
Each tooth has up to 4 roots that are embedded into the jaw bone, when a tooth is extracted it is a dental practitioners duty to confirm whether any retained roots remain. If so, the dentist should inform you of your options for treatment and/or the risks of leaving the retained root in place.
What symptoms can retained roots cause?
The symptoms of a retained root may not be apparent straight away and can arise weeks, months or even years after your tooth is extracted. If you are experiencing pain that isn’t going away after several days, weeks or months, have pain in the area of the extraction after a period of time or have signs of an infection, make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible.
If you’ve been advised that you have a retained root following a tooth extraction and have had to undergo further surgery or multiple medications as a result of pain and/or infections, you may be eligible to make a dental negligence claim.
A dental extraction is the permanent removal of a tooth from the socket, and is generally a routine treatment method. Unfortunately, errors can occurs which can lead to claims being made.
We have a dedicated team of solicitors and fee earners who have many years’ experience dealing with dental claims.
One of the most common enquiries we receive is for wrongful extractions. If you need an extraction of a tooth and the dentist removes the incorrect tooth in the process you may have a claim for compensation.
A successful claim would compensate you for and pain and suffering caused by the incorrect extraction. As you will still need the correct tooth extracting you will have undergone an avoidable and painful procedure. As well as the pain suffered you can claim for the cost of a replacement tooth which may be in the form of an implant, crown or bridge.
These tooth replacement options may need replacement over your lifetime and a claim can include the necessary repeat treatment.
Other common claims related to tooth extraction
As well as extracting the wrong tooth there are other issues that may be related to negligent treatment, these include ;
How much compensation might I be eligible to claim? How is it calculated?
Compensation for dental claims varies on a case by case basis. Generally cases will be calculated with consideration of the following;
How long do I have to claim, and what is 'Limitation'?
You have three years to bring a claim of dental negligence, from the date of negligence or your date of knowledge under the laws concerning ‘limitation’ in England and Wales. The law states that a Claimant must issue court proceedings within this time period, or else their claim would be statute barred (out of time).
Generally, we would advise you to contact us at least 12 months before the limitation period in your case is due to end.
Why should I choose Oakwood Solicitors Ltd?
We have a dedicated team of solicitors and paralegals who have many years’ experience between them in running cases of this nature. They are highly trained to deal with all aspects of clinical and medical negligence.
Oakwood Solicitors Ltd wishes to ensure that clients are not overwhelmed by legal jargon or medical terms that they don’t understand and aims to allow the claims procedure to be as transparent as possible.
If you believe or feel you have a claim, contact us for a free initial consultation regarding your options:
Carol joined Oakwood Solicitors in May 2017 to lead the Medical Negligence department. She handles a wide range of Clinical and Dental Negligence claims and has a specialist interest in Birth Injuries.
Carol has years of experience in handling complex clinical and Dental Negligence claims securing substantial amounts of damages for her clients. Carol studied her law degree (LLB honours) at Salford University.