Steps in making a dental negligence claim.
Step 1: Obtaining your dental records
Obtaining your dental records from the dentist is to first step in proving negligence. The solicitor will contact the dentist and your previous dentists for a full picture of the case. They will also look for radiology records.
Dental negligence cases are complex as your dental records stay with each dentist, unlike your GP records which move with you as you change GP practices.
Step 2: Getting an expert report
Getting an expert report from a dentist prepared to act as an expert witness is a crucial part of the process. Once your dental negligence solicitor has your dental records, they will see the negligence but need expert, corroborating opinion.
If that opinion is supportive, the dental negligence solicitor can move on to the next step.
Step 3: Sending a letter of claim
Sending a letter of claim starts the process of getting your compensation. If the dental negligence solicitor thinks your records and corroborating opinion support your claim, they can move to gain compensation.
Your solicitor will send the letter of claim to the dentist, asking them to pay you compensation. In most cases, the dentist will refer the claim to an insurer or a relevant authority.
The dental negligence solicitor will fight your claim along every step and get you the compensation you deserve.