It is said that about 45% of adults living in England Wales and Northern Ireland have signs of gum disease which if remains untreated by their dentists can lead directly to tooth loss. It is also reported that this type of dental negligence claim is on the rise. In view of the real expense not to mention the pain and distress associated with replacing lost teeth, compensation payments are generally very significant indeed.
Dentists should be all too aware of the real dangers of gum or “periodontal” disease and they must ensure that their patients receive regular check ups and that appropriate (and pro-active) treatment is administered in the event periodontal disease is detected. In the absence of regular check ups, proper and early diagnosis of gum disease and where necessary referrals to oral hygienists, then Dentists are opening themselves up to claims for compensation.
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We have noticed that we are receiving a growing number of enquiries in relation to this type of claim and if you have reason for concern in relation to the possible failure of your dentist to diagnose and treat periodontal disease then we would be happy to hear from you. With our experience we can often form a good idea from an initial call as to whether your claim has merit and is worth investigating further. The issues can be complicated but there is no substitute for an initial chat to establish whether we can help on a No Win No Fee Basis.
If you think that you have a case, would like to have a chat about a potential claim or require further information, please contact Christopher Carter.