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Successful Claim For Unnecessary Dental Veneers Given To A Child

Marie from Birmingham approached Irwin Mitchell about a case of poor quality dental care that she received in her early childhood. Her dentist told her very little about the veneers and their risks and she did not see a paediatric dental specialist before the veneers were applied.

What happened?
When Marie was fourteen years old, her NHS dentist in Birmingham applied veneers to 4 of her teeth. Veneers are classed as a cosmetic treatment and are not recommended for children under 16 years old. Marie had not been concerned about the appearance or colour of her teeth and had never heard of veneers. 

What was the result of the dental care?
Marie was unable to eat normally and Her gums around the veneers became swollen and sensitive. Marie had to go through further dental procedure due to the veneers breaking on several occasions and she also suffered psychological problems due to being bullied at school for the veneers being poor fitted.

How did we help?
Irwin Mitchell was approached by Marie, and the case was assigned to Jennifer Emerson. Jennifer was already acting for several clients who had also had veneers applied by Marie’s former dentist. It had been found that the dentist concerned had been struck off by the General Dental Council for poor practise.

A clinical negligence claim was made by Irwin Mitchell for Marie which was successful and settled for a five figure sum.

If you or a loved one has suffered due to cosmetic dental work you’ve received, our dental negligence lawyers could help you to claim compensation. See our Cosmetic Dentistry Claims page for more information.

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