Dentists are medical practitioners, and just like surgeons and doctors, they have standards to uphold and a duty of care to their patients. The Medical Practitioners Act (2007) in Ireland includes dentists as medical professionals and as such they are subject to strict standards of practice. If you have experienced a dental problem or treatment that has been inadequate, ineffective, misdiagnosed or involved carelessness on the part of your dentist, you may be eligible to bring a case.
What Injuries may fall under Dental Negligence?
There are many different reasons why a dental negligence claim may be considered, including:
• Misdiagnosis of a dental condition which results in injury or serious consequences
• Failure to perform a dental procedure correctly
• Lack of reasonable care during dental procedures
• Dental work that falls below acceptable standards
• Failure to advise of risks associated with a procedure
• Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose oral cancer
• Poor standards of hygiene which lead to infection or disease
• Unnecessary dental procedures being carried out, including extraction of healthy teeth
• Serious complications as a result of poorly performed procedures, included severed nerves, sinus perforation and fractures
• Problems relating to incorrect use of anaesthesia.
How To Proceed With A Dental Negligence Claim?
You will need to consult a solicitor* who specializes in medical negligence law. They will help you to prepare all the relevant documents and information that is needed to proceed with your case, and ensure that your case is brought within the relevant time frame for dental negligence cases. You will need to provide your solicitor with all the details of your appointments and treatment to enable them to achieve the best outcome for you.
Our principal Seamus O’Sullivan initially deals with all Medical Negligence cases; providing you with the experience, expert advice and support you need at a difficult time.
S.T. O’Sullivan & Co. Solicitors, 6, Bindon Street, Ennis, Co.Clare.
*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or a proportion of any award or settlement.