Have You Or A Loved One Suffered A Chipped Tooth Because Of An Accident That Wasn’t Your Fault? You May Have A Compensation Claim.
Dental injuries can be painful, embarrassing and often expensive. When someone suffers an injury that results in a chipped tooth, this does not only cause physical pain and suffering, but also adds a financial burden to the victim of the accident as they need to replace, and treat their chipped tooth. Chipped tooth accidents can happen in car accidents, work accidents or in a slip and fall accident at a restaurant. At the end of the day, if your chipped tooth came about as a result of the negligence or misconduct of another person, you may be entitled to make a chipped tooth claim against the person who caused you harm.
Chipped tooth accident claims usually happen as a result of a strong force or impact, for example from the force of a car accident or in a sporting accident, or harm caused by someone tripping and falling on their face, impacting their mouth. Whatever the cause may be of your chipped tooth accident, you will likely want to visit a dentist either immediately or as soon as is convenient, depending on how badly the tooth has been broken and on how much it affects your self-worth, your ability to eat, drink and smile. These types of injuries are not to be taken lightly, as teeth are one of the most used parts of our body. We use them to eat, speak, bite, drink, and smile and having a chipped can mean that all these aspects of your life are impacted. Teeth can be the first thing you notice about someone when you meet them. It is clear that if you suffer a chipped tooth your appearance will be affected, but so too could your ability to fulfil basic functions.
If you or a loved one has suffered a chipped tooth injury that was not your fault, get in touch with Free Legal Justice today to discuss your chipped tooth accident claim.
Types Of Tooth Accident Claims
We usually use the term “broken tooth” to cover a range of different injuries or damage that has been caused to our teeth. Generally, painful dental injuries such as cracked teeth, broken teeth, or chipped teeth, are caused by high impact incidents such as car accident or sports accidents. Injuries to teeth can be aggravated by poor dental hygiene or habits, resulting in weakness of the teeth. Chipped tooth injuries are very common, whereas it is less common or a tooth to be dislodged or knocked out entirely. In severe accidents, the breaking or loss of a tooth is definitely possible.
The treatment that you will receive for your chipped tooth will depend on the type, location, and severity of your dental injury. No matter how serious or minor you think your tooth injury is, we recommend that you have your chipped tooth examined by a dentist as soon as possible. Sometimes the teeth surrounding could have also suffered additional, unnoticed damage that can only be detected through a thorough dental examination or scan.
Some of the common tooth accident claims that Free Legal Justice sees include:
Cracked Teeth Claims
Generally cracked teeth injuries can be caused by bad habits such as grinding teeth, clenching teeth, and chewing on hard objects. Cracked teeth injuries can also be caused by once-off experiences, for example, if you are in a restaurant and you bite down on something hard (like a piece of glass or plastic) in your food, it can easily crack your tooth. A cracked tooth is painful and in future can cause irregular pain from chewing and sensitivity to temperature.
Chipped, Fractured, and Broken Teeth Claims
You can easily suffer a fracture, break or chip your tooth if you fall and land on your face, or from being hit in the mouth with a strong force or a hard object. You could even slip on the side of the pool while you’re at gym, and fall backwards onto the concrete, landing up with a chipped or chipped tooth. In most cases, minor tooth chips or fractures don’t require immediate dental care, but a chipped or fractured tooth should still be treated as soon as possible to avoid sharp edges that could cut soft parts of your mouth like the tongue or lips, and prevent further erratic pain and sensitivity. This is besides the fact that a chipped tooth can leave the victim conscious of their appearance and not confident enough to smile because of the chipped tooth.
Dislodged Teeth Claims
Sometimes an accident can cause a tooth to be completely pushed to the side, or out of its socket completely. If this is the case, it is crucial that you go to a dentist as soon as possible to deal with your tooth accident. In severe cases, a root canal is needed to treat the injury.
Knocked Out Teeth Claims
If you have had a tooth knocked out of your mouth completely, we highly recommended that you seek medical or dental care immediately. On some occasions it is possible to put the tooth back in its socket, so the less time that the missing tooth is out of your mouth, the better the chance that it can be reinserted.
No matter how serious the chipped tooth accident was that you have suffered, if the injury was the a result of the negligence or misconduct of another party, you may be able to institute a chipped tooth accident claim against the person responsible for the harm you have suffered. Free Legal Justice recommends that you seek the assistance of an experienced personal injury solicitor to help you get the maximum compensation that you deserve for your chipped tooth accident claim.
What Should I Do If I Have Been In A Chipped Tooth Accident?
Tooth Care and Medical Assistance
- If there are any pieces of your tooth that have been knocked out or broken off, you should try to gather these broken pieces and place them in a clean, dry container to take with you to the dentist.
- Be sure to rinse the remaining tooth with warm water to remove dirt and debris.
- If your tooth is broken because of the accident, place a cold compress on the area to help prevent swelling.
- Call your dentist to arrange an appointment. If you can see any yellow or red exposed pulp, you should see a dentist immediately.
- You should avoid any hard foods and look at covering the sharp edges of the remaining tooth with dental wax or chewing gum to protect the gums until you can get to the dentist.
If you have been in a serious accident, then sometimes a chipped tooth is not the only effect of your injury to the mouth. A severe impact to your mouth can even break your jaw bone, which could leave you completely unable to eat properly for weeks. If you can’t bring your upper and lower teeth together when closing your mouth, be sure to see a dentist or attend the emergency room immediately.
Report The Accident
Depending on what type of chipped tooth accident you are involved in, you should report your accident to the relevant individuals. If you have been involved in a car accident, it might be necessary to call the police to the scene of the accident. It isn’t always necessary to do so, and will largely depend on the situation at hand. If someone is seriously or fatally hurt, you need to call the police. If the car accident is a hit or run, you should also call the police, as this is now a criminal case. Lastly, if there is major damage to the cars and they are in a position where they are blocking traffic in some way, you will have to call the police to the scene so that they can move the wreckage and manage the incident. Keep records of all these details, as our solicitors will ask for any reference numbers or police docket numbers in support of your claim.
If your chipped tooth accident happened while in a public place such as supermarket, a hotel or a public library, be sure to ask for the accident report book to make an official record of the injury. Equally, if an accident happens at work and you sustain an injury, you should complete the workplace accident report book as soon as you can, to describe the accident as far as possible in your own words. You will also need to report the accident to your manager so that your employer is aware of what has transpired. If you are unable to do so yourself, you can ask someone else to report your chipped tooth accident for you, but make sure that you record what happened in your own words in some form of email and communication. Your solicitor will use this report in support of your chipped tooth accident claim.
Watch What You Say
It is important to be careful of what you say in the aftermath of any accident. Tensions are high after an accident, and people can be very stressed at the scene of an accident. One of the biggest mistakes that people make is saying too much after they have been in an accident. The less you say, the better, as you don’t want to implicate yourself in any way, or affect any future compensation claim you might want to make.
Gather Evidence About The Chipped Tooth Accident
Finally, you should gather as much detail and evidence from the scene of the accident as possible. As a normal part of the claims process, your solicitor will ask you to share any evidence or details about the accident and your injuries with them, to use in support of your chipped tooth accident claim. If you can, take photos of the scene of the accident, damage at the scene, and the injuries suffered. Be sure to take down the contact details of all the individuals involved in the accident, as well as the details of any witnesses. Witness statements may come in handy for a future compensation claim, and can help to strengthen your personal injury compensation claim.
How Do I Make A Chipped Tooth Accident Claim?
Once you feel able to, it is a good idea to speak to a legal professional who specialises in personal injury claims. Making any compensation claim against someone who caused you harm may seem like a daunting task, especially when it is someone you know, like your boss, a colleague or the driver of a vehicle. We understand the worry and anxiety that you may be feeling, and Free Legal Justice will be available to support you every step of the way. We aim to help all victims of accidents to get through this difficult time by removing all the stress, risks and administrative burdens from the legal claims process. The Free Legal Justice claims team appreciates that accidents, both minor and serious, can affect people in different ways. For this reason we take each case seriously and deal with each client on an individual basis, giving 100 percent of our efforts to ensure that clients receive the maximum compensation they deserve. Our solicitors will treat your chipped tooth accident claim discreetly and sensitively, and will place your privacy and security at the top of their priority list.
How Did The Accident Happened?
The first important detail that our team will check will be what date your chipped tooth accident happened on. Generally, in the UK all personal injury compensation claims have to be made within three years of the date of the accident, or within three years of the diagnosis of the chipped tooth injury.
The second important fact that we will need to prove, is that someone else is responsible for the chipped tooth accident that you have been involved in. To be able to claim compensation for a personal injury, you have to be able to prove that someone else is to blame for the harm caused to you. Once we have ensured this is the case, and we have a clear idea of who is responsible for your chipped tooth, the Free Legal Justice team will do everything it can to help you to claim the maximum amount of compensation possible. If your chipped tooth accident claim is successful, you will receive a cheque for your compensation and get the justice you deserve.
Free Legal Justice has dealt with countless personal injury claims for many years, and our goal is to help every client get the greatest compensation that they deserve, in the shortest time possible. Free Legal Justice’s solicitors have a solid history of experience and many successful compensation claims, so you can rest easy knowing that your chipped tooth accident claim is in safe hands.
What Will I Get For My Chipped Tooth Accident Claim?
In any type of personal injury claim, the amount of compensation that will be awarded will differ on a case by case basis, and the final compensation sum will depend on factors such as the severity of the dental injuries, the length of time needed to recover from dental injuries, the cost of repair of the dental injuries, the impact on the specific individual’s life, and any possible complicating factors surrounding the injuries. Free Legal Justice has resolved various kinds of accident claims over the years. We know what compensation to expect for different categories of injuries and accidents.
Your appointed Free Legal Justice solicitor will be able to give you an estimated value of your chipped tooth accident claim once he or she has carefully been through the details of your case as well as medical reports of your injuries. For a broad guideline on chipped tooth accident claim sums, we have compiled average amounts which could be received for different levels of injury in the table below.
Note that these amounts are not to be seen as fixed compensation amounts, and are merely for the purpose of a broad outline of the different compensation claims.
- If you have suffered damage or complete loss of your back teeth, your compensation claim value could range between £930 and £1,460 per tooth.
- If you have suffered damage or complete loss of one of your front teeth, your compensation claim value could range between £1,880 and £3,370.
- If you have suffered damage or complete loss of both of your front teeth, your compensation claim value could range between £3,710 and £6,510.
- If your chipped tooth accident results in loss of several front teeth, your compensation can be between £7,460 – £9,740.
- General compensation for significant damage to many teeth can reach a claim of up to £32,540.
Special Damages For Tooth Injury Claims
Special damages forming part of your chipped tooth accident claim can include compensation for all those out of pocket expenses that you have had to incur as a result of the chipped tooth accident. This is a broad category of damages that is included in personal injury claims generally, and can range from costs of counselling and therapy sessions, to traveling expenses, loss of past and future income, supplementary childcare expenses (not really applicable in respect of a chipped tooth accident), as well physical adaptations that you have made to help you live with your injuries. The special damages claims might not be major if you suffer from a chipped tooth accident, besides those costs directly related to repair and fixing of your smile, but the point remains that you will be able to claim for your additional expenses incurred as a result of the chipped tooth accident. Speak to a personal injury solicitor from Free Legal Justice today to find out which amounts will contribute towards your special damages claim.
Claiming The Maximum For Your No Win No Fee Teeth Injury Claims
It is important to know that special damages can only be claimed if you are able to provide proof of the expenses. You will need to show that you have already incurred these additional expenses, or will in future incur these expenses, for example by presenting receipts, reports, payslips and other documentation relevant to the damages. Your solicitor will be able to answer any questions you might have about the calculation of your general and special damages claim.
If would like to chat about the chipped tooth accident claims process, please get in touch with Free Legal Justice now by filling out the online form or by calling us on 0800 567 7074. One of our friendly solicitors will also be able to conduct a home visit if you prefer to discuss your case in person, so that you can discuss your case freely from the comfort of your own home.
Work-Related Chipped Tooth Accident Claims
A work injury results from an accident during the course of work, which leads to some form of physical or mental occupational injury. Accidents at work are caused by a combination of unsafe behaviour and unsafe working conditions. When accidents happen, it is crucial that an employer has adequate safety processes and policies in place to deal with the incident. If another person is to blame for an accident at work that has caused your chipped tooth, it is likely that you will have a valid chipped tooth accident claim against your employer. This will be a claim for compensation for the injuries you have sustained and pain and suffering you have endured as a result of the chipped tooth accident while at work.
Generally, workplace injuries can occur as a result of a single incident, from extreme wear and tear or severe strain. Some common causes of injury claims include:
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Fall from height
- Being caught in heavy machinery
- Walking or standing for longs periods of time
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Stepping on sharp objects
All employees are essentially at risk of suffering a work-related injury, but employees in certain fields are more likely to suffer harm and serious injuries than others. This includes people working in hospitals or other care workers, those working in manufacturing and construction industries, as well as those in the retail industry including waiters, cashiers, chefs, shop assistants and bar staff.
Accident At Work Tooth Accident Claims
It is not always obvious who caused the accident at work that resulted in your chipped tooth, or who is responsible for whatever caused the injury. In most cases your employer is ultimately liable for the harm you have suffered, and they will have beached the duty of care that they have towards you because they failed to ensure your health and safety at work. If an employer does not comply with this duty, and their failure to do so results in an accident or injury at work, there will be sufficient grounds for the employee to make an injury claim.
If your chipped tooth accident was caused by the negligence of another employee, you should not worry that this person will be personally liable to pay you injury compensation. As a result of a principle known as vicarious liability, your employer will be responsible for all actions of their employees, whether negligent or otherwise. This means that an employer will be liable for the injury that an employee has suffered at work. Employers are required by law to take out liability insurance to cover claims by employees that have suffered injuries at work.
Car Accident Chipped Tooth Claims
It isn’t just drivers who can claim for injuries sustained on the road – car accidents can cause injuries to all sorts of people, including passengers, drivers, and innocent bystanders. All of these people may have been affected by the car accident in some way, and may have a potential compensation claim.
If you have been involved in a car accident, you will know that there are many possible injuries that you could suffer as a result. Your upper and lower body contain many types of bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissues that could be damaged in a car accident. Your teeth are equally vulnerable to injury –a chipped tooth accident can be caused by the impact of a car crash, your head hitting a part of the car, or the impact of the ground should you fly out of the car and onto the pavement, Even if the crash happens at a slow speed, a car accident can still exert a huge amount of force on those inside the vehicle.
Car Passenger Tooth Accident and Injury Claims
Passengers and drivers alike can be flung from cars and sustain many injuries, including chipped teeth, when they land on their front side, or an innocent bystander or cyclist could be hit by a car and be flung from the point of impact and land on their face, breaking their teeth and possibly even their jaw.
If you have been in a car accident and have experienced a chipped tooth injury, you should consider speaking to a friendly Free Legal Justice claims handler today, to find out more about your chipped tooth accident claim. Our solicitors can help you to get the compensation that you deserve for the harm that was wrongfully caused to you. At the end of the day, if the car accident was not your fault, then you should not have to pay for your physical injuries or for the financial consequences of such injury.
Public Place Chipped Tooth Accident Claims
Our solicitors are highly experienced in handling personal injury claims occurring in a wide range of public places, including theme parks, shopping malls, restaurants and bars, parks, schools, theatres, carnivals and music concerts.
If you have suffered a personal injury whilst in a public place, and you believe it was due to negligence of another individual or body, you may be able to claim compensation for your Chipped tooth accident. Councils, shop owners, businesses and public bodies all have a duty to take reasonable measures to prevent the public from being injured on the premises under their control.
Public Place Accident Claims
If your chipped tooth accident happened on a council owned property, such as a public walkway or a public library, then you may be able to make a personal injury compensation claim against the local authority if the chipped tooth accident happened due to their negligence. When we look at injuries occurring in public spaces, the accident often involves a slip or a trip on an unmaintained road or a pavement, which means that the local council will be responsible. A slip and trip accident in a public space, because of a dislodged brick or open hole in the ground, can easily result in damage to a tooth
When instituting a claim against a local council for failure to maintain a road or sidewalk, the claimant will need to prove that the local council was negligent in their duty to the public by failing to keep the pavement safe. This involves proving that, based on the circumstances of the case, it was not reasonable for the local council to let the public space to fall into a state of disrepair that it could result in a person being injured.
Nothing To Lose – But Everything To Gain
You have nothing to lose- the first consultation costs absolutely nothing and places no obligations on you. We know that being injured in any type of accident is stressful, and we want to lend a helping hand to guide you through the compensation claim process. To get in touch with Free Legal Justice, simply fill out our short online form, or call Free Legal Justice today on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 to speak to one of our friendly team members about your compensation claim. No matter what type of accident you were involved in or how the injuries were caused, we want to help you get the maximum compensation that you deserve.
What Will It Cost To Make A Chipped Tooth Accident Claim?
If we proceed with your case, we will offer you a No Win No Fee agreement to continue with your chipped tooth accident claim on the condition that if the claim is not a success, you won’t owe our solicitors any money. Put simply, it is a way for you to take legal steps necessary to claim compensation for your injuries, without any financial danger weighing over you. In short, your dedicated solicitor will only get paid if the claim is successful and you receive your compensation pay-out. Our highly skilled solicitors are happy to offer No Win No Fee agreements to clients seeking rightful compensation for personal injuries, because they are extremely confident in their legal abilities and in success rates.
No Win No Fee Broken Tooth Injury Claims
A No Win No Fee agreement is a stress-free, financially-savvy way to start your chipped tooth accident claim. Once you have given a member of the Free Legal Justice team the details of your compensation claim, as well as the go-ahead to continue with your claim on a No Win No Fee basis, your work is basically done. You can then sit back, relax, and let Free Legal Justice do all the hard work for you!
What Will My Solicitor Receive If My Chipped Tooth Accident Claim Is Successful?
The good news is that with a No Win No Fee agreement you will never pay Free Legal Justice any legal fees in advance. A No Win No Fee agreement means that the solicitors working on your case will only get paid if they help you to win your case.
Our solicitors work on an average success fee of 25% of the total compensation received in successful claims. If Free Legal Justice helps you to win your compensation claim, the No Win No Fee team will receive the success fee as payment for the legal services that we have provided. Your designated solicitor will make sure to discuss the success fee with you upfront, before you decide to make your No Win No Fee claim, and this will be confirmed in writing between the parties.
What Happens If My Chipped Tooth Accident Claim Is Unsuccessful?
Free Legal Justice carries the risk of the No Win No Fee claim being unsuccessful. If your compensation claim is not fruitful, you won’t owe us anything. To ensure that you are fully protected and have peace of mind over your financial risks, your solicitor will help to secure ‘After the Event’ insurance. This insurance covers you in the event that you are unsuccessful with your compensation claim, and in case the court rules that you need to pay a part of your opponent’s legal costs during the case.
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