By Daniel Janeway. Last Updated 3rd March 2023. If you have lost your front teeth in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you could seek legal advice. If it can be proven that a third party who owed you a duty of care caused your injury through negligence you may have grounds to make a compensation claim. This guide offers an example case study for an £18,000 compensation payout on a broken front teeth injury. It also discusses care claims, general damages and special damages, compensation calculators and No Win No Fee.
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- A Claims Guide To Calculate Settlements For Broken Teeth
- What Is Teeth Damage?
- Financial Losses Could Happen
- Accidents And Negligence Causing Tooth Loss
- Compensation For Loss Of Teeth – Evidence Examples
- Compensation Estimates For Teeth Damage
- Case Study: £18,000 Broken Teeth Settlements
- We Give Free Compensation Calculation Estimates
- What Are No Win No Fee Agreements?
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This guide discusses all aspects of claiming a compensation settlement for your broken teeth. It also covers:
- What defines teeth damage
- The financial losses from broken teeth
- Care claims
- General damages and special damages
- A case study of an £18,000 compensation payout
- Compensation calculators
- No Win No Fee
If you’re making a compensation claim for your broken teeth, there is a personal injury claims time limit. This means that you would have 3 years to claim from the date that you suffered your broken teeth however there are exceptions to the rule. As for a child (someone aged under 18) or someone who lacks the mental capacity to claim, a close relative or another appointed representative could be their litigation friend to process the claim on their behalf. However, the 3-year clock would officially begin for them once the child turns 18 or when the victim becomes capable of representing themselves. You can chat with our specialist team anytime to speak about personal injury claims time limits.
Teeth damage would constitute any chips, cracks or complete breaks for any of your teeth. Sometimes, the tooth may already be loose and requires only minimal force to separate from the gumline. Other times, though, the tooth is completely and unexpectedly broken away from the mouth. When it occurs via an accident, there may be bleeding and possibly bruising surrounding the mouth. For a serious break, dentistry surgery may be the outcome, with the recovery potentially taking a week or two.
To claim for negligence (with the desired result being a compensation settlement for your broken teeth), the following 3 criteria must be met:
- You were owed a duty of care
- But a breach in that duty of care resulted in an accident
- And that accident led you to suffer an injury such as broken teeth.
There are three key pieces of legislation when it comes to the duty of care. One of these is employer’s liability (EL), which would be covering workplace accidents. If you’re familiar with the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, you’ll know that employers should so far as reasonably possible uphold the health, safety and wellbeing of their workforce. But a duty of care breach could occur if there’s an accident at work due to negligence, and that could mean broken teeth at work claim for a work injury payment.
Another is public liability (PL), which means accidents in a public place. The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 states a duty of care to prevent avoidable injuries in public occurring. To make a public accident claim, a public injury claim or a public liability claim, through public liability insurance you would have to prove that your injuries were caused through a failure to adhere to legislation.
We also have road traffic accidents (RTAs). According to the Highway Code, all drivers should demonstrate a duty of care towards one another and also to such vulnerable road users as pedestrians and cyclists. A crash or a collision could signify a breach, and potentially with broken teeth being only one of multiple injuries, thus potentially instigating a multiple injury claim. You can discuss this topic with our knowledgeable team after completing our contact form.
Indeed, teeth damage could result in financial losses. For starters, there are the medical dentistry costs to remedy the issue. Then we have any additional rehabilitation to strengthen the mouth and reconstruct your gums. And then we have lost earnings from the time you would be off work during your recovery. Call our friendly team to learn more.
In terms of an accident in a public place, a slip or a trip is a perfect example of an incident that could result in broken teeth, as well as a potential public accident claim. As for road traffic accidents? Well, there were 180,000 injuries during 2016 and 3,707 cyclist suffered serious injuries during 2018 on Britains roads. Road accidents could easily cause damage to teeth especially with severe impacts to the face. You can speak with us anytime about claiming a compensation settlement for your broken teeth.
When claiming a settlement for a broken tooth, you need to be able to prove that the injury occurred due to negligence. To do this, you need to gather evidence to support your claim. Here are some examples of evidence you could present:
- Dental records
- Photographs (Of your injuries, and the hazards that caused them)
- Witness contact details
The more evidence you have, the better. If you have any questions about how to claim for a broken tooth injury, compensation amounts, and more, get in touch with our advisors today.
We could provide you with a settlement estimate for losing your front teeth. Before that, though, as part of the claims process, you would undergo an independent medical evaluation. A full medical check totally diagnoses the injury, determines the recovery period and links the accident to your condition. Only for the accident, you would still have your front teeth. And after clarifying these points, you would receive your compensation estimate broken up into general damages and special damages.
General damages would be covering the pain, the suffering and the resultant impact on your life. Here, the physical and mental consequences would be the focus.
As for special damages, these handle the secondary elements of you losing your teeth. Lost earnings, medical costs, public transport expenses and physiotherapy could be included. So could professional nursing care. To discuss general damages and special damages, call us using the number at the top of this page.
Philip Thomas, 42, works as a pilot for a major international airline based in London. He lives with his wife Rhonda, who is also a pilot; the two first met while at work. Away from work, Philip enjoys jogging and participating in charity marathons.
One afternoon, Philip was jogging around the outside of his local community centre ahead of him going to work that night. In the process, however, he was unaware of reconstruction on the community centre complex. This meant that large panels of wood were left on the ground. Therefore, as Philp came around the corner, he stumbled over one of the planks and fell to the ground. He was fortunate not to suffer any broken bones, but he did land hard on his face. In the process, he cracked three front teeth at the top of his mouth, and almost completely broke one front tooth at the bottom.
After composing himself and speaking to Rhonda, Philip visited the A&E department at his local hospital. They recommended that he undergo emergency dentistry surgery to try and save the teeth. Unfortunately, the dentist advised that the safest option would be to completely remove the teeth due to the potential gum damage. He also required additional minor mouth surgery to ensure that no other long-term damage would escalate.
After his dentistry surgery, Philip had a number of complications before he was allowed to return home to recover. He was forced to take more than a month off work due to the accident itself, the surgery and the resultant complications, as well as his rehabilitation. And because Rhonda was scheduled to work on the home shift, the couple had to pay for professional nursing costs while he recuperated.
Philip was upset that he had lost several teeth at the very front of his mouth, where the damage would be very noticeable. In addition, his lost earnings would be significant due to the nature of his job. Plus, the high concentration required for his role meant that he had to wait a little longer before being cleared to fly a plane again.
After seeking legal advice, Philip filed a compensation claim for his broken teeth against the reconstruction company responsible for leaving the planks of wood out on the pavement. He received £18,000 as an out-of-court settlement. This included £10,500 in general damages and £7,800 in special damages.
|Type Of Special Damages
|Costs of lost earnings during his recovery
|Costs of dentistry surgery & prescription medication to assist his rehabilitation
|Regular professional nursing care costs
|Costs of using public transport to & from the dental surgery
The case of Mr Thomas is purely an example. It is based on our past experiences of handling and valuing claims and serves to illustrate how accidents can happen and how they are valued.
We don’t utilise online personal injury claims calculators that only offer general ballpark figures. Instead, we aim to get to know all about you and your circumstances to the furthest possible degree. That way, we could provide much greater accuracy towards predicting the settlement for your broken teeth. And it’s free advice, even if you choose to not go any further with your compensation claim. You can contact our legal experts today to find out more.
No Win No Fee agreements primarily allow you to avoid paying legal fees to your solicitor unless your claim succeeds. To explain this in further detail;
- There are no legal fees up-front
- What’s more, there also aren’t any legal fees while the case is in progress
- And if your personal injury claim isn’t successful, there aren’t any legal costs whatsoever
- The only scenario where you pay the legal costs for your personal injury solicitor is where he/she takes a nominal amount (called a success fee and capped by law) and only if you receive a broken teeth settlement.
Use our Live Chat for further guidance on working with a No Win No Fee solicitor.
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So, if you’ve broken your teeth in an accident, we want to hear your story. Our expert team and our panel of personal injury solicitors could communicate with you about managing your case. To discuss potential settlements for your broken teeth, you can get in touch by:
Our team is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Remember that there would be no obligation to proceed with your compensation claim.
We appreciate you reading our guide about claiming to receive a compensation settlement for your broken teeth. However, you can also receive further information from the links below.
To find out all about our legal services, you can click here.
If you’re injured in a train station and you plan to make a claim, get advice by clicking here.
Click here for more details about Motorcycle accidents.
Read about broken teeth injuries by clicking here.
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You can click here to read the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957.
Article by AR