Teeth Damage Claims Guide – How To Claim Compensation

By Jo Anderson. Last Updated 3rd October 2023. Teeth damage injuries can be painful and disruptive. What can you do if your teeth have been damaged or lost in an accident? Teeth damage claims may be possible If the accident was not your fault.

Your claim would be against the party that was responsible for your injuries. What’s more, if your claim is successful, your settlement for broken teeth could cover the costs of getting the medical treatment you need as well as funds to compensate you for the physical pain your injuries caused.

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Teeth damage claims

Have you suffered tooth damage or a loss of teeth because of an accident that was not your fault? Then trust Accident Claims UK to help you claim teeth damage compensation for your injuries. Accident Claims UK can put you in touch with a skilled personal injury lawyer to handle your case. Call us on 0800 073 8801 for your free legal consultation. Or you can contact us in writing.

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  1. Can You Claim Compensation For A Tooth Injury?
  2. Workplace Teeth Damage Injuries
  3. Road Traffic Accident Teeth Damage Injuries
  4. Dental Injuries Caused By Assaults
  5. What Evidence Can Support A Teeth Damage Claim?
  6. Calculating Teeth Damage Claims For Compensation
  7. What Are Special Damages In Personal Injury Claims?
  8. No Win No Fee Teeth Damage Claims
  9. Start Your Claim
  10. Essential References

Can You Claim Compensation For A Tooth Injury?

If another party acted negligently and caused the injury, you may have legitimate grounds to claim compensation. In order to make a successful teeth damage injury claim, you will need to prove the following:

  • Firstly, that another party owed you a duty of care.
  • Secondly, that the party breached that duty and caused you to have an accident.
  • Finally, as a result, you suffered a damaged tooth injury.

Accident Claims UK could help you make a teeth damage compensation claim. To begin your claim for a settlement for a broken tooth, contact us today for your free consultation. We will now look at what types of accidents can cause teeth damage injuries in more detail below.

Time Limit For Teeth Damage Claims

You will generally have three years to claim for an injury to your teeth. This begins on the date you are injured and applies to all personal injury claims, as set out by the Limitation Act 1980. However, in some cases, you may be able to make a claim outside of this window.

For example, for those injured while under the age of eighteen, the time limit is suspended until their 18th birthday. While the time limit is suspended, a litigation friend can start the claim on their behalf. Otherwise, they can make a claim for themselves when the time limit comes into effect on their eighteenth birthday, and they must start proceedings before they turn twenty-one.

The time limit is suspended indefinitely for claimants who lack the mental capacity to claim for themselves. In these cases, a litigation friend can make their claim for them at any time. The time limit will only come into effect if they regain the necessary capacity, in which case it will reinstate on the date of their recovery.

To find out if you are within the time limit to make a teeth damage compensation claim, get in touch with our team today.

Workplace Teeth Damage Injuries

According to the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, employers owe their employees and workers a duty of care to protect their employees’ wellbeing. They should provide their workforce with a safe workplace. A worker could claim compensation if they are injured because of negligence on the part of their employer.

So certainly, it is important that employers take adequate steps to prevent accidents at work. Failing to follow correct health and safety practices can lead to accidents and injuries. What sort of workplace accidents could cause a tooth injury at work? A slip and fall, or trip and fall injury could cause a worker to suffer teeth damage injuries. Similarly, if a worker is struck by a moving object, this could cause a cracked tooth or chipped tooth injury.

Road Traffic Accident Teeth Damage Injuries

The Highway Code requires all road users to owe one another a duty of care. This means that drivers should show due care and attention when using the roads, in order to prevent road traffic accidents. What happens if a driver or another road user acts negligently and causes a road traffic accident? They could be liable for any injuries caused. Therefore, the injured party may be able to claim compensation from them.

How can road traffic accidents cause teeth damage injuries?

Unfortunately, if a road user suffers a blunt trauma to the face, this can cause their teeth to break or become damaged. Similarly, if a cyclist or motorcyclist’s teeth may be damaged if they are knocked off their bike and hit the pavement. If their teeth are scraped along the surface of the road, a cyclist can suffer grazed tooth injuries.

Dental Injuries Caused By Assaults

Violent assaults can also cause dental injuries. If a person is punched in the mouth, or hit with a hard object, this can cause tooth damage. Similarly, if the assailant deliberately hits the victim’s teeth against a hard surface, this can damage their teeth. If the injuries are serious, the victim may lose their teeth.

This can also cause the victim to suffer psychological injuries such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The trauma of having been attacked can worsen the person’s psychological injuries.

If your injuries were caused by an assault, what can you claim for in damage to teeth?

Instead of making a personal injury claim, you would make a criminal injury claim. Your claim would be made through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). This is a government agency that pays out compensation to some victims of violent crimes. Even if the perpetrator was never identified or brought to justice, you could still make a criminal injury claim.

A solicitor could help gather evidence to support your claim. What’s more, they could help you make a claim through CICA. Feel free to call Accident Claims UK, to discuss your teeth damage claim today.

What Evidence Can Support A Teeth Damage Claim?

If you are eligible to make a teeth damage compensation claim, gathering sufficient evidence could help support your case. Some examples of the evidence you collect include:

  1. Medical evidence – any X-rays or dental records outlining any injuries to the teeth that you have suffered, this could be used to help support your claim.
  2. Video footage – any CCTV or other video footage that captures the incident where you suffered damage to your teeth could be useful in proving how your injuries occurred.
  3. Photographs – taking photographs of the visible damage you suffered to your teeth could be used as evidence.
  4. The contact details of any eyewitnesses – anyone who witnessed the incident could provide a statement at a later date.
  5. Evidence of any financial losses you suffered – for example, invoices or bank statements.

If you would like to learn more about the evidence that could help to support your claim, please contact an advisor today. They may also be able to connect you with one of our solicitors who could assist you with gathering this evidence.

Calculating Teeth Damage Claims For Compensation

Clients sometimes ask us ‘What can I claim for in damage to teeth?’ The severity of your injuries could determine how much teeth damage compensation you are awarded in general damages. General damages are compensation for physical and psychological damage.

Instead of providing a compensation calculator, we have listed compensation amounts that could be claimed for damaged teeth. These compensation payout amounts are based on guidelines from the Judicial College.

Injury Comments Estimated Compensation
Damage To Teeth Where there is significant and chronic tooth pain. It will have happened over several years and the condition of the teeth will be deteriorating. Up to £38,130
Damage To Teeth The loss of (or serious damage to) several of your front teeth. £8,730 to
Damage To Teeth The loss of (or serious damage) to two front teeth. £4,350 to
Damage To Teeth Damage to or the loss of one front tooth. £2,200 to
Damage To Teeth Loss or damage to a back tooth. Figures are per tooth. £1,090 to

The table above only includes general damages. We have not included special damages compensation. For a personalised compensation estimate, call Accident Claims UK today to speak to an advisor.

What Are Special Damages In Personal Injury Claims?

If your teeth damage claim is successful, you could receive two heads of compensation. Let’s look at what these are in more detail below.

General Damages

General damages reimburse the claimant for the pain, suffering, and loss of amenity that their injuries have caused. This can include physical or psychological injuries.

Special Damages

Special damages are reimbursement for any out-of-pocket expenses or financial losses caused by the claimant’s injuries. Examples of what can be claimed in special damages include the following:

In order to make a successful recovery of these costs, we strongly advise you to keep evidence such as receipts, bills or invoices. Feel free to call us to make sure you have the right proof.

No Win No Fee Teeth Damage Claims

One way to claim compensation for loss of teeth is to make a No Win No Fee claim. This means that you will not have to pay a solicitors fee upfront. Instead, the solicitor would work on your claim and charge you a success fee only if it wins.

How do No Win No Fee claims help you, the claimant?

  • Firstly, you won’t have to pay the success fee if your claim is not successful.
  • Secondly, the success fee is at a legally capped rate.
  • Thirdly, you would have the benefit of a legal expert on your side.

Call us today to speak to an advisor who can answer any questions you may have about No Win No fee claims. To begin your teeth damage claim, use the details below to contact us:

Essential References

We hope you have found this guide to dental injuries helpful. You may wish to read these online guides to learn more.

Dental Negligence Accident Claims

Assaulted At Work Accident Claims

Gym Accident Claims Guide

External Guides

An NHS Scotland guide to treating a knocked-out tooth.

An NHS guide to treating a chipped, cracked or broken tooth.

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