£5,000 Compensation Payout For A Broken Tooth – Case Study

By Joanne Jeffries. Last Updated 27th May 2022. Welcome to this case study with information on personal injury claims payouts for a broken tooth. In it, we discuss dental negligence payouts for UK claims and answer questions about settlements for broken teeth, including ‘Can I claim if my tooth broke?’ We offer guidance on dental negligence payouts in the UK for 2022 claims and explain how we could help if you’re claiming dental compensation.

In this case study, we are going to take a look at how a personal injury lawyer, was successfully able to process a claim on behalf of a client for a broken tooth. Below, we go over this claim, and look how the case proceeded, before the broken tooth compensation was awarded.

Claiming Settlements For Broken Teeth

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Broken tooth compensation

In this particular case, the victim was eating a bag of crisps. After opening the bag, they didn’t bother looking inside the bag, who does? They simply dipped into the bag and pulled out what they thought was a crisp, and popped it into their mouth. When they bit down, what they found was that it was not a crisp they were eating, whatever it was, broke their tooth. Taking the offending item out of their mouth, they found it to be a piece of hard plastic. This turned out to be a piece of a conveyer belt from the factory the crisps were manufactured in.

The victim made a complaint to the manufacturer, and was offered a £50 voucher. This would not even cover the cost of dental treatment for the injury. They decided it was time to contact a solicitor to make a proper compensation claim. After a period of negotiation, the claimant was offered an out of court settlement of £5,000.

In this case study, we take a look at how serious the injury was, and the damage it caused to the victim’s tooth and mouth. We also look at how the claim was made, and also the compensation that was paid; why it was paid and what for.

How Serious Is A Broken Tooth?

The amount of compensation for loss of teeth that a personal injury solicitor will be able to win on behalf of a client, is dependant on how serious the injury is. A tooth injury can be very serious, causing extreme pain and discomfort, as well as making it difficult to eat.

There are a number of different treatments that a dentist will use to treat a broken or cracked tooth, and these are:

  • Using glue to stick the broken fragment of the tooth back in place (often a temporary fix).
  • Filling the tooth of the hole is small, or cutting the tooth back and then fitting a crown.
  • In extreme cases, the dentist will perform a root canal, and remove the entire tooth as week as the roots.

It is unclear which type of treatment the victim underwent in this case. However, considering the amount of compensation paid, it is likely they had a crown fitted.

What Damage Was Caused To The Claimant’s Tooth?

As mentioned above, when making a broken tooth claim, dental compensation amounts depend on how serious the injury was. In this case, the injury was severe; the tooth had been entirely broken. The victim also suffered some bad cuts on the inside of their mouth as well. This would have been very painful, and made it very difficult for them to drink and eat.

The victim’s solicitor went ahead and processed a claim for them, aiming to win compensation to make up for this pain and suffering.

What Allegations Were Made

As part of this compensation claim for pain and suffering for broken tooth, the solicitor had to present the facts, and pursue the manufacturer for damages. The defendant initially offered the claimant a £50 voucher. The solicitor believed this was a ludicrous offer, as it would not even cover the cost of dental treatment needed to fix the tooth.

The solicitor attempted to negotiate a settlement that would fully cover the cost of private dental treatment, to fix the claimant’s tooth. This would cost far more than the value of a £50 voucher that had been offered. Eventually, the defendant offered an out of court settlement of £5,000. The claimant was happy to accept this amount.

How Did The Case Conclude?

The solicitor that was representing the claimant, attempted to negotiate an out of court settlement for personal injury compensation. They were successful in this, and the claimant was offered £5,000 by the defendant. This was accepted.

The compensation was paid to the claimant for the pain and suffering of the injury, and also to cover the cost of private dental treatment to have their broken tooth fixed.

Settlements For Broken Teeth Explained

This case is a good example of how a straightforward claim should proceed. The defendant was clearly at fault, as the foreign object in the crisp bag that broke the claimant’s tooth, clearly came from a conveyer belt on their own production line. Furthermore, there was no doubt that the foreign object had been the direct cause of the injury. Despite the defendant offering a £50 voucher, the solicitor processing the claim new that the chances of winning the claim if it went to court, was high. The defendant also clearly understood this, and required little pressure to come up with a £5,000 out of court settlement offer.

No Win No Fee Broken Tooth Compensation Claims

You may believe that if you need to make a personal injury claim, for something like a broken tooth as in the case above, that you need to pay your solicitor to process the claim at the start. This is simply not true. Accident Claims UK can offer you a much better option. We can act as your team of No Win No Fee solicitors, and process a claim on your behalf. What this means, is that you do not pay anything at all, unless you win compensation.

We offer a No Win No Fee national claims service to all residents of the UK, as the simplest, risk-free way to make a claim. When you ask us to handle your claim, there is no charge at all. As we process your claim, and in some cases this could take many months, we still don’t charge any fees. If we fail to win any compensation for you, then we still charge nothing at all. However, if and when we do receive a compensation payment for you, this is the time that we expect to be paid. What happens, is that we will deduct the percentage we agreed as our fee from the money we received. We will then send the remaining money to you.

So, as you can see, when you use the Accident Claims UK national claims service to process your claim, there really is no financial risk to you. As you don’t pay anything at all until we have received a compensation payment for you.

How To Contact Our Team About Personal Injury Claims Payouts For A Broken Tooth

Do you believe you have a good reason to make a personal injury claim? Do you need a good legal team to process the claim on your behalf? If you do, Accident Claims UK offers our national claims service to people all across the UK, as the easiest way to move your claim forward. If you are ready for us to begin pursuing the compensation you are eligible for on your behalf, call us on 0800 073 8801 today.

Can I Claim If My Tooth Broke?

When you call us, one of our team will be on hand to explain how everything works, and to talk you through the process of starting a claim with us. This is a simple process, that begins with us asking you a number of questions, so that we can come to understand all we need to know about your injury and the accident that caused it. This will be done using plain English, without any legal jargon. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about how our claims service works, and we can also give you a rough estimate of how much we believe you might receive in compensation in your own specific case. Call us today so that we can help you further.

What other reasons could I make personal injury claims payouts for a broken tooth?

There are many different incidents that could lead to a broken tooth compensation payout. When it comes to claiming compensation for any type of injury, you would need to be able to prove that the accident that caused your broken teeth was someone else’s fault. You would need to show that they had a duty of care towards you and they breached that duty of care, leading to your injury. In the below sections, we cover some other reasons you  could receive personal injury claims payouts for broken tooth.

Accident at work personal injury claims payouts for a broken tooth

If you were looking at claiming for an accident at work that caused a broken tooth, you would need to be able to prove that your employer breached their duty of care to protect your health and safety at work. For example, if they left a trip hazard out and did not signpost it and you suffered a trip, slip or fall which led to a broken tooth, you could claim compensation from your employer.

Assault claims leading to personal injury claims payouts for a broken tooth

If you have been assaulted, whether you were assaulted at work, or on the street or in a club or pub, you could claim compensation for your injuries if you suffer a broken tooth due to a violent assault. Depending on who had a duty of care towards you at the time of the incident, you may be able to make a claim against your employer, or you may have to take your claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

Medical negligence leading to personal injury claims payouts for a broken tooth

Sometimes, you might visit a dentist to have a tooth extraction, or to receive dental advice and treatment. If you suffer dental negligence that leads to you having a broken tooth that would not otherwise have been damaged, you could claim compensation for your broken tooth. In some cases, if you are seen by a GP or hospital for a broken tooth injury, and they do not give you the correct advice and treatment, this could also lead to a medical negligence claim.

The NHS paid out a significant amount of compensation in clinical negligence payouts in 2020- 2021. We have illustrated this figure with a graphic taken from NHS Resolution website.

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If you would like to claim compensation for medical negligence leading to a broken tooth, we would be happy to help you.

How can I maximise personal injury claims payouts for a broken tooth?

To build a strong case against a liable party you would need solid evidence. Not only could this include evidence that the accident that caused your injury happened, and it was someone else’s faults, but you would also need medical evidence and evidence of any costs and losses you sustained as part of your injury. Your compensation payout or settlement could be significantly impacted by the level of evidence you were able to provide.

When could I claim for dental negligence payouts in the UK?

You could claim for dental negligence payouts in the UK if the dentist or oral health professional breaches their duty of care towards you, causing you undue harm. This could include breaking a healthy tooth while taking out another, for example.

What do settlements for broken teeth include?

This would depend on the claim. Usually, your claim would be split into general damages and special damages.

  • General damages compensate victims for their suffering, loss of amenity and pain caused by their injuries. This could be psychological injury, physical injury or a mix of the two. You would need medical evidence from an independent professional to claim for your injuries.
  • Special damages compensate victims for reasonable costs and losses experienced because of the injury. These could include loss of earnings damages, as well as compensation for medical, care and travel costs. You would need to have evidence of these costs and losses to claim for them.

Can I claim if my tooth broke?

This depend on whether someone else was at fault who had a duty of care towards you, and whether they breached that duty of care. For example, in our case study, the manufacturer of the crisps had a duty of care to ensure the crisps were safe to eat. In other cases, you may be able to claim dental negligence payouts in the UK if a dentist breached their duty of care towards you, breaking a healthy tooth in the process.

Where can I find guidance on dental negligence payouts in the UK for 2022 claims?

Guidance for dental negligence payouts in the UK for 2022 can vary depending on several factors such as the severity of the harm you sustained. 

Additionally, for claims made in England and Wales, we can look to the latest edition of the Judicial College Guidelines. This is a publication that could help solicitors when they are calculating the value of your claim. We have included figures from the latest edition (released April 2022)  in our compensation table. You will find this below.

Nature and severity of injuryAward settlementFurther notes
Chronic tooth painUp to £38,130Chronic tooth pain
Loss or damage of teeth£8,730 to £11,410
Loss or serious damage to several front teeth
Loss or damage of teeth£4,350 to £7,630
Loss or serious damage to two front teeth
Loss or damage of teeth£2,200 to £3,950
Loss of or serious damage to one front tooth
Loss or damage of teeth£1,090 to £1,710
back teeth: per tooth
Facial scarring£9,110 to £30,090Significant
Facial scarring£3,950 to £13,740Less significant
Minor injuries£1,370 to £2,450Completely recovered in 3 months
Minor injuries£690 to £1,370Completely recovered in 28 days

Although the figures are based on past cases, they are not a guarantee because other factors are considered when valuing your claim. They also only relate to the general damages head of your claim.

Dental negligence payouts could also include compensation for special damages for loss of earnings and medical expenses, for example. If you would like to obtain further guidance as to how much dental compensation your claim could be worth, please call our team. We would be happy to help you. 

What affects dental negligence payouts?

The severity of your injuries could significantly impact dental negligence payouts. So too could your injury’s effects on your ability to work and enjoy life as usual. Some injuries could lead to financial loss. All of this could be considered when claiming dental compensation. 

Where can I find out if I’d be eligible for dental negligence payouts?

You can call our team for a free case assessment if you would like to know about your eligibility to claim. We could speak to you about your potential claim and provide free legal advice. We could also provide you with a No Win No Fee solicitor to assist with a claim for dental negligence compensation.

Useful Links Relating To Personal Injury Claims Payouts For A Broken Tooth

The National Health Service (NHS) has published some detailed information about broken or chipped teeth at this link:

NHS information on chipped and broken teeth

The National Health Service has also published a lot of information about how to go about making a complaint about a botched dental procedure:

NHS information on making a complaint for botched dental work

At the link below, you will find a detailed guide that covers the legal process of making a compensation claim for a head injury as well as an alternative to a compensation calculator.

A guide to claiming for head injuries

Thank you for reading this case study with insight into personal injury claims payouts for a broken tooth. To claim the maximum compensation for a slip, trip or fall leading to broken front teeth, whether you’re claiming against local authorities or employers, please get in touch with our team.