By Max Morris. Last Updated 19th May 2022. Personal injury solicitors handle thousands of claims for accidents at work, road traffic accidents and public liability claims every day. For this specific online guide, we will be concentrating on accidents that may lead to compensation for a dental injury.
Using our example case study, with regards to Mr Peter, we explain how calculating compensation works. We also aim to cover how to establish third party blame, calculate the fullest potential amount that might be due to you and how to find the right personal injury solicitor to handle your case for compensation for your dental injury.
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- Case Study: £14,000 Compensation For A Dental Injury
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The loss of your front teeth can be particularly distressing for both health and aesthetic reasons. A smile can be an important part of our personality and if it’s damaged because of the negligence of others, you have a right to a claim. We’ll explain exactly how by referring to the three main areas we cover:
- Workplace accidents
- Road Traffic accidents (RTA’S)
- Accidents in public places
To be able to make a claim you must first establish that you were owed a duty of care in which was negligently breached. If you are injured because those who had a legal obligation to your health and safety failed then a No Win No Fee solicitor could pursue a compensation claim for you.
Our case study, which is intended only as a guide, describes Mr Peter, a sales manager who suffered serious damage to his front teeth due to a breach in the duty of care owed to him by his employer.
Using this example, we explain the process from beginning to end and how the case might apply to you and your circumstances. We then look at what points to consider when searching for the best personal injury solicitor.
A variety of scenarios could result in broken or chipped teeth, from tripping and slipping, heavy impact with an object or another person, or as the result of a road traffic accident. If you’ve been involved in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligent conduct and it caused you mouth trauma, you may be able to seek compensation for a dental injury or other dental damage.
Dental damage can be expensive, prolonged and painful. Repairing damaged teeth requires special attention and the costs can be very high. Making a claim for compensation for a dental injury might be the only way you can afford to correct the damage.
There are three main requirements for making out a successful negligence case and if you believe that the duty of care owed to you by another was breached in any of these instances, speak to our team today to discuss your options. The three main duties of care are:
- Employers who have a duty of care under the Health and Safety At Work etc Act 1974 to provide as safe and fit for purpose environment as possible. If your injuries were a result of negligence on the part of your employer, you may have grounds to sue.
- The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 provides similar coverage for your health and safety in public places that are operated by private companies and local authorities.
- Anyone who uses the roads has a responsibility as outlined in The Highway Code to show due care and diligence to other road users, this includes cyclists and pedestrians. It’s also expected that you will anticipate that others may not show this level of care, skill or caution against accidents. If your dental damage was the result of careless or reckless behaviour on the part of another road user, you may be able to seek compensation for loss of front teeth.
Unless your teeth are an integral part of your job or a primary source of income for you, it’s more likely the financial repercussions will be felt through the numerous trips required to a dentist and cosmetic dentist. Re-building the teeth, especially at the front, can involve expensive moulding and fitting of replacement crowns. The NHS gives advice here.
Whilst lots of sites quote ‘instant’ compensation amounts with a personal calculator, these can often be misleading and may either disappoint you with the final settlement or crucially miss larger awards that you may have been eligible for.
Because of errors like this, it’s essential to discuss your case with an experienced personal injury solicitor who can recognise all facts of your claim and explain things like ‘special damages’ to you.
Special damages is an umbrella term that includes the costs of any financial impact to you not covered under general damages. For example:
- Missed earnings
- Travel expenses
- Out of pocket costs to carers
- Specialist dental visits and procedures
- Loss of income
These are all potential avenues for compensation for loss of front teeth. A good No Win No Fee solicitor will be well practised in what you can and cannot claim for. Get in touch with our team to find out more about how solicitors can help you.
Any accident that results in an impact with the front of your face and head can result in broken teeth, so typically this might involve some of the following scenarios:
- Tripping or slipping and landing badly
- Stumbling on stairs or falling
- Coming into contact with something that hits your face
- Being the victim of an assault
- As injuries sustained in a road traffic accident (RTA)
- Biting down on a foreign object or something hard
There are many other ways that you could chip or snap your front teeth and if you feel that the reason for the accident could have been avoided, you can talk to our team today to explore your options.
Although broken teeth may not seem to have a very serious impact on your ability to function normally, it’s important to remember that frequent visits to the dentist may entail sedatives while undergoing treatment. This can leave a patient feeling dizzy, disoriented and tired. Read the NHS website here for more details.
You may need someone to accompany you to these visits and ensure that you get home safely. If this cannot be a family member, you may need to hire a professional carer and the cost of that can be very high. If it does prove necessary to pay for personal care, keep all invoices and receipts as they can form an invaluable part of your claim.
An independent medical assessment forms a crucial part of your claim for compensation for loss of front teeth. The success of your case against a third party will hinge on a medical professional (in this case a dentist) being able to confirm that your injury was a result of the accident, not the result of a long-standing or previous medical condition.
A dental examination can also provide you with details about any long term effects which could boost the value of your claim. When calculating potential settlement amounts for a broken tooth at work, in public or on the roads, your No Win No Fee lawyer will look at two types of damages:
- General damages – this aspect of compensation is intended to cover the pain, suffering and impact on your life the injuries had. As outlined by the Judicial College in their guidelines, a broken front tooth or teeth could carry a reward of between £4,080 to £7,160.
- Special damages – are intended to return you to the financial position you had before the accident, as well as taking into account any future losses you might incur. Specific things that can be claimed include loss of earnings, travel expenses, medications and the paid care of others. As mentioned, receipts, invoices and proof of these costs to you are vital for establishing this part of your claim, so it’s very important to keep as detailed a record of these as you can.
You can contact our team for free legal clarity on this or any other points raised by using the number at the top of this page.
Mr Peter is the sales manager. He was eating lunch in the staff canteen when his accident happened.
As he collected his lunch and walked to the table, the area of laminate flooring underneath him had been freshly mopped but no slip hazard signs had been left in situ. Mr Peter fell banging his mouth on the edge of the table. This accident resulted in both his front teeth snapping off at the root, plus severe bruising to his jaw and tongue.
After several trips to the dentist, it became clear that remedial procedures would not be able to restore his teeth, re-structuring would be necessary with replacement artificial veneer caps. The cost of this was very high.
After consulting with a No Win No Fee solicitor, it became clear that Mr Peter employer had breached his duty of care to clearly mark the wet area and prevent the accident that caused him injury. His employer admitted liability and he was awarded a settlement of well over £14,000
Whilst this is merely an example of the kind of cases personal injury solicitors routinely handle, it shows that armed with the right facts and using the right legislation, its possible to establish supporting evidence. Speak to us today to see how you could benefit from our help.
Peter’s compensation payout would breakdown like this:
|General damages||Special damages|
|The loss of both front|
teeth, with the need for
procedures are listed
as having a potential
award of between
the Judicial College Guidelines.
In this case, Mr Peter was awarded £6,750.
|Peter's loss of earnings for two weeks - £3,000|
|The costs to be accompanied by a
professional carer after anaesthetic - £500
|Travel to appointments - £250|
|Costs for cosmetic replacement veneers - £3,000|
|Missed work opportunity worth - £500|
There are many adverts for compensation calculators that offer instant payout amounts, but in reality, it doesn’t work like that.
Personal injury calculators can not take into account financial losses as they are unique to each claim. Speaking with a specialist personal injury solicitor can give you the chance to receive an accurate estimate. Special damages can be added to your case along with general damages.
Therefore, it’s a much more reliable and accurate course of action to speak to our friendly and knowledgeable team on the number above. Once they know more about your individual case, they can calculate a much more accurate estimate of what you could look to receive as a payout.
Dental Negligence Payouts in the UK for 2022
As previously mentioned, your dental negligence compensation can consist of general damages and special damages. This section will highlight important information about what you could receive for general damages which compensates for the pain and suffering you experienced as a result of the harm you sustained.
The amount of general damages you receive can be based on aspects including the severity of the injury, your treatment plan and if any long-term or permanent health issues were caused.
The Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) are used by legal professionals to assist them in valuing your claim. The guidelines include compensation brackets based on past payouts. The figures below have been taken from the most up-to-date guidelines, published in April 2022.
|Injury Type||Category||Compensation Bracket||Description|
|Teeth Damage||(f)||Up to £38,130||Chronic, significant tooth pain caused by, for example, an untreated abscess extending for a number of years. There will also be a significant deterioration to the teeth.|
|Teeth Damage||(f) (i)||£8,730 to £11,410||Serious damage to or loss of several front teeth.|
|Teeth Damage||(f) (ii)||£4,350 to £7,630||Serious damage to or loss of two front teeth.|
|Teeth Damage||(f) (iii)||£2,200 to £3,950||Loss of or serious damage to a single front tooth.|
|Teeth Damage||(f) (iv)||£1,090 to £1,710||Damage to or loss of back teeth. This bracket reflects the amount you could receive per tooth.|
Every claim is unique meaning the amount you could receive for general damages could differ to the figures above. While you may want more information about dental negligence payouts in the UK, please bear in mind that the figures from the JCG only apply to claims made in England and Wales.
No Win No Fee claims for compensation for loss of front teeth essentially means that if your case does not win, you won’t have to pay a penny to your solicitors. But with a successful outcome, the solicitor will seek a nominal ‘success fee’ which is capped by law and payable only after the compensation has been won. Leaving the bulk of the money for you. Other advantages are:
- No fees to pay up-front
- Nothing to pay while the claim is on-going
- Expert legal advice
- The peace of mind from knowing a personal injury solicitor is working in your best interests.
To find out more about No Win No Fee agreements, get in touch with our team.
The location of a personal injury lawyer is no longer crucially important thanks to the internet. Google searches can, however, produce a bewildering volume of No Win No Fee firms offering ”the best service”. So how do you find the right personal injury lawyer? It’s important to consider the following in your search for the right one:
- How much did they win for cases similar to yours?
- How quickly did it take for the solicitor to settle the case?
- Was the communication clear and consistent?
- Are they a successful company?
- Do they regularly win the higher amounts for compensation claims?
If you’re ready to make a claim, or if you’d like more information on anything discussed here, why not get in touch today? You can:
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Thank you for reading our guide to making a compensation claim for a dental injury. We hope that you’ve found it useful and it has helped in your decision to seek damages for your accident. For further reading, please see below:
Discover more about the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 by clicking here.
Click here to check out the NHS guide on broken teeth
For more information from the NHS on carer costs, please click here
To discover more about accident hot spots, click here
To browse the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, please click here
To discover more about slip accidents, please click here
Article by EA