What are special damages and loss of amenity in relation to compensation for the loss of a tooth due to the dentist failing to identify a tooth infection?
In relation to a claim for compensation for the loss of a tooth due to the dentist failing to identify a tooth infection, special damages is the area of personal injury claim that accounts for any financial impact that an injury has had on a person’s life and loss of amenity addresses any non-financial impact that has been experienced as a result of a dental injury. Without knowing more about the circumstances and impact that this tooth loss has had on your quality of life, it will be difficult to tell you how these two areas of claim will specifically affect your loss of a tooth from an infection compensation claim. Therefore it is advisable that you contact a claims solicitor with experience in dealing with dental negligence claims at the first possible moment. They will be able to provide you with more relevant information once you inform them of specific situation where your dentist failed to identify your tooth infection.
After the responsible dental professional admits liability in your failure of a dentist to identify a tooth infection claim, your solicitor will enter into negotiations with their liability insurers to try and obtain the maximum amount of compensation you should be entitled to. A number of factors will be taken into consideration when your compensation for the loss of a tooth due to the dentist failing to identify a tooth infection is being calculated, such as your age, sex, pain and suffering experienced due to your loss of tooth and the subsequent impact it has had on your quality of life.
With regards to special damages and how it will affect your loss of a tooth from an infection compensation claim, you should make sure to retain all receipts for any expenses incurred due to your loss of tooth. Special damages could cover pain medication, the cost of a replacement tooth and even any financial losses from being unable to work. Loss of amenity will take into account the changes you have had to make in your everyday life and the loss of enjoyment of life that has occurred due to being unable to take part in what would previously have been an everyday activity or social event. To prove loss amenity, your solicitor will try to establish what kind of person you were before your tooth loss and compare it to the person you have become since. If you have experienced any emotional trauma you should try to see a counsellor who will be able to tell you if you have suffered a diagnosable psychological injury as a result of your tooth loss. This will also be taken into account when your claim value is being calculated.
The information given here is only general advice when it comes to a possible failure of a dentist to identify a tooth infection claim. A solicitor with knowledge of your information will be able to offer more specific legal advice, especially with regards to how special damages and loss of amenity may affect your claim. Therefore it is advisable that you discuss claiming compensation for the loss of a tooth due to the dentist failing to identify a tooth infection as soon as it is convenient.