Claim compensation for a dental injury

Poor dental care can have a significant impact on your life. If you've placed your trust in a dental professional and have received negligent treatment in return, you may be entitled to receive financial compensation. 

At Smith Partnership, we offer a specialist medical negligence team with extensive experience in dealing with dental negligence cases. Our expert solicitors can help you claim compensation for dental negligence and help pursue justice on your behalf. Contact our expert team today to find out how we can help.

What qualifies as dental negligence?

Dental negligence can take on many forms and may relate to any injury that was caused, worsened or overlooked by a dental professional. Common examples of injuries that may occur due to negligent dental treatment include:

  • An incorrect, delayed or missed diagnosis
  • Dental surgery that falls short of an acceptable standard
  • Errors relating to restorative or cosmetic dentistry
  • Infections resulting from a lack of appropriate care
  • The incorrect or unnecessary extraction of teeth
  • Complications resulting from a failure to diagnose or treat a dental condition
  • Failure to apply anaesthetic in the correct way 

There are many other circumstances in which you may be able to claim dental negligence compensation. This includes cases where negligent dental care has affected your physical or mental wellbeing. Whatever the case, our experienced legal team can advise you on the best approach to suit your circumstances.

What should I consider when making a claim?

You can make a claim against a negligent dentist or other dental healthcare professional regardless of whether the treatment was provided by the NHS or a private healthcare provider. 

As with most other personal injury and medical negligence claims, your claim will usually be subject to a three-year time limit starting from the moment at which you were aware that you may have received negligent care (commonly referred to as the 'date of knowledge').

These time limits are different if you're making a claim on behalf of a child under the age of 18 or a person who lacks mental capacity, so if in doubt, contact us to discuss the circumstances that give rise to your potential claim.

How much compensation will I get?

The amount of compensation you can reasonably expect to receive is dependent on many different factors, including the severity of the injury you sustained and the financial loss you have incurred as a result. 

Generally speaking, the compensation awarded to successful claimants will be split into General Damages and Special Damages. The first of these is concerned with compensating you for the avoidable pain and suffering caused by the injury itself, whilst the second is intended to cover any past or future financial losses.

If you're looking to find out more about the strength of your case and the extent of compensation you may be entitled to, speak to our team to arrange a hassle-free consultation and start your claim.

The claims process

In order to assess your claim in the best way possible, our expert solicitors will arrange an initial consultation to discuss the details of your case at a time and place that suits you. From there, we will consider any medical records or documentation that you may have in support of your claim.

The liable party will then be notified of your intention to claim compensation, after which we will enter discussions with them to ensure you are reasonably compensated for your suffering.

Although the vast majority of cases are settled out of court, there may be a need to issue court proceedings if the other party denies liability. If your claim is to be settled in court, our solicitors will be on hand to provide expertise and peace of mind throughout every stage of the process.

What we offer

Our firm offers numerous funding options including No Win No Fee arrangements, which see us pursue your claim with little to no financial risk to you. We also offer actionable legal advice remotely via telephone and email as well as across our offices in Leicester, Derby, Burton upon Trent, Swadlincote and Stoke-on-Trent

Smith Partnership's medical negligence team is independently recognised by the Legal 500 and is a member of Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA), ensuring you benefit from exceptional expertise in pursuing your claim. Our approach is sensitive, client-oriented and practical, meaning we focus entirely on securing the compensation you deserve.

Contact our team today

To find out how our expert team of solicitors can help you, contact us today on 0330 123 1229, send us an email via or complete our contact form.


Yes. If you have received sub-standard care from your dentist that has caused you harm, then you may have a claim for compensation against the dentist(s) who treated you.

Yes. If you have received sub-standard care that has caused you harm, then you may have a claim for compensation against the NHS Trust who were responsible for treating you.

A claim for clinical negligence involves any claim against a healthcare provider where the victim has endured avoidable pain and is suffering as a result of the error of their doctor/GP/dentist etc.