Dental Negligence Compensation Claims


When a patient visits a dentist for treatment, he or she trusts that the dentist will carry out the correct procedures in a satisfactory manner.  More often than not, the majority of cases are carried out successfully but unfortunately it’s not uncommon for people to suffer pain and injury as a result of dental negligence or dental malpractice.

Synnott Lawline Solicitors are personal injury specialists in representing victims of malpractice for dental treatment in Ireland and overseas. Negligent treatment is not just the negligence of a dentist but also other health care staff including, hospitals or hospital staff. If you have sustained an injury as a result of dental treatment, this may constitute ‘dental negligence.

How do I start my Dental Negligence Claim?

To make a successful dental negligence claim, it must be shown that you (the plaintiff) have sustained some form of personal injury either physical or psychological as a result of the treatment you received under the care of a dental practitioner, who has duty of care while you are undergoing treatment. A near miss is not sufficient to justify dental negligence compensation. The date of treatment is legally considered ‘the date of knowledge’ when the injury was sustained. The window to make any injury claim after the date of injury is 2 years. (Expect for child plaintiffs, which is 2 years from their 18th birthday)

  • Take a record of the date of injury and type of treatment you were due to receive.
  • Hold onto any dental records.
  • Take photos if injury is visible.
  • Contact your solicitor as soon as you realise your treatment was unsatisfactory or indeed unsuccessful.

Claims for careless or sloppy dental work can include a wide range of different situations, which can be minor to permanently damaging which include:

  • Careless or sloppy work: if a dentist cuts a patient’s lip or gum during treatment or perhaps extracted a tooth in error.
  • Inadequate Sanitation: If a dental clinic uses unsanitised equipment a patient can suffer from gum or tooth infection after the procedure.
  • Misdiagnosis: If a dentist fails to properly or timely diagnose or treat a dental condition this can be cause for a dental injury negligence claim.
  • Consent to Treatment: when a physician or hospital fails to obtain the informed consent of the patient before performing a procedure or operation. This may also be the case if your child has had a tooth extracted without the parents consent.
  • Lingual Nerve Damage: Permanent and unnecessary dental injury that occurs through malpractice could result in a severed lingual nerve. This occurs during a lower wisdom extraction when the dentist carelessly servers the lingual nerve resulting in total numbness and loss of taste.
  • Dental Treatment Abroad: Reduced price dental treatment overseas is very tempting but the results can be improperly performed dental surgery with no aftercare treatments available.
  • Cosmetic Dental Procedures: Improperly performed dental surgery has unfortunately become common place. The initial results can be satisfactory but if veneers have been fitted incorrectly the damage as a result can be very costly, time consuming and painful to repair. Other common dental procedures include:
    Crowns and Bridges
  • Dental Treatment Abroad: Reduced price dental treatment overseas is very tempting but the results can be improperly performed dental surgery with no aftercare treatment available such as Crowns and Bridges, Implant Surgery, Root Canal treatment, Veneers Braces and more.

The value of your injury compensation will be valued according to:

  • The level of seriousness of injury.
  • How the injury effects appearance.
  • Age and sex of plaintiff.
  • The permanency and persistency of the injury caused.
  • The amount & cost of specialist dental repair work needed.

Contact Synnott Lawline

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If you have a question about your Dental Negligence Compensation Claim* contact us on Locall 1850 20 40 60, Tel: 01 453 7890 Email us or tell about your case and start your claim today.

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Cosmetic Surgery Claims

If you have suffered from inferior cosmetic surgery resulting in irreparable damage you may be entitled to compensation. Do you have a question on Cosmetic Surgery Claims? Contact us by phone on 01 453 7890 email or fill out our Tell us about your case form here >

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Legal Fees

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Compensation Guide

This booklet has been produced by Synnott Lawline Solicitors to give our clients an understanding of the personal injury compensation claims process. In some of our correspondence during the course of your compensation claim, we reference to the relevant sections of this guide by way of explanation of the particular aspect of your claim.


*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement. This statement is made in compliance with regulation 8 of the S.I. 518 of 2002.