Cosmetic dentistry compensation claims

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We have specialist cosmetic dentistry compensation lawyers

Cosmetic dentistry is becoming more and more popular, but for some the pursuit of the perfect smile can turn into a traumatic experience. If you believe you have suffered poor cosmetic dental care, and are looking to claim compensation, talk to one of our specialists.

We have years of experience which means we understand the many types of cosmetic dental work, and appreciate how daunting and expensive the prospect of treatment to fix someone else’s negligence can be. We can help you secure the funds to pay for the corrective treatment you need. As we are one of the leading dental negligence firms in the country, and true cosmetic dentistry specialists, you can be sure your claim is in safe hands.

Cosmetic dentistry includes a wide variety of procedures including:

  • Cosmetic crowns and bridge work
  • Adult orthodontics (such as lingual and Invisalign systems)
  • Veneers (where part of the tooth enamel is removed and replaced with a thin shell of porcelain or composite material to improve the appearance of a tooth)
  • Bleaching
  • The replacement of amalgam fillings with white composite cosmetic fillings.

Our lawyers will guide you through what often can seem like a daunting process. We are true specialists in clinical negligence, and our expertise is also externally recognised: the team is ranked in the top tier by both leading Legal Directories (Legal 500 and Chambers). Furthermore, several individual Solicitors within the team are ranked as Leaders in the field. We are also independently accredited by The Law Society, The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA), so you can be sure that your case will have the best chance at success

If you feel that you have received negligent cosmetic dental treatment then please contact us and we will be able to discuss your potential claim further and answer any extra questions you may have.


Our credentials

“A premier Somerset firm with experience of a broad range of high-value matters, including catastrophic birth injury claims. Routinely engaged on cerebral palsy cases and spinal injury claims, and offers expertise in weight loss surgery and dental negligence matters. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “Withy King were caring and understood us. They listened to our concerns and needs, and helped in whichever way they could.” “They are incredibly organised, easy to approach and they have a very supportive team who are incredibly sympathetic.” Notable practitioners: Head of department Simon Elliman (Band 1) oversees an array of complex claims, including cerebral palsy and spinal injury matters. In addition he acts on dental negligence cases. Sources say: “He is very able and he inspires confidence through calmness.” Market observers consider Paul Rumley (Band 1) “a very approachable lawyer with vast experience on high-value and complex cases.” He handles a range of matters including birth injury claims, fatal accidents and delay in diagnosis of cancer claims.” Chambers 2017 Somerset

“Highly commended firm with an excellent reputation across a broad spectrum of clinical negligence matters. Routinely acts on catastrophic cases including brain and spinal injury claims. Also noted for its handling of matters arising from amputation, delayed diagnosis and weight loss surgery. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “They’ve been amazing. They spoke to me on a level I understood. They are very understanding and compassionate and they advised me well the whole way through.” Notable practitioners: Head of department Richard Coleman (Band 1) offers vast experience of complex claims involving cerebral palsy, spinal injury and bariatric surgery, among other matters. “He is very good at negotiating settlements in difficult cases” and “doesn’t lose sight of the human aspect of it all,” assert sources.” Chambers 2017 Oxford and surrounds

“Royds Withy King is a ‘leading firm’ for catastrophic birth injury cases. Key figures include practice head Simon Elliman, who handles dental negligence, cerebral palsy and spinal injury claims; ‘first-rate solicitor’ Paul Rumley; and Kerstin Kubiak, who stands out for her ‘exceptional analysis’.” Legal 500 2016 South West 

“The ‘knowledgeable, dependable and competent’ team at Royds Withy King is led by ‘astute strategist’ Richard Coleman and includes Tracy Norris-Evans, who is ‘extremely knowledgeable and committed to her clients’.” Legal 500 2016 South East

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I have nothing but praise for Ben Lees of [Royds] Withy King in regards to the way my claim for dental negligence was handled by him. He was extremely knowledgeable and really patient when explaining the complexities and implications of my case and was never too busy or self important to take my calls!! I was delighted to secure a settlement in excess of what was expected by myself and Counsel's expectations. I would highly recommend him to anybody needing medical law advice.  
Royds Withy King Medical Negligence Client


Whilst the dentist you are making a claim against has the right to refuse to continue your treatment, this does not mean that you cannot be treated by a different dentist at the same practice. However, if you would prefer to continue your treatment elsewhere, you are entitled to do so and this will not have any impact on your claim. If you need treatment whilst your claim is ongoing, such as veneer preparation, implants or orthodontic work, it is important that you continue with this treatment. If the treatment is required due to negligence, this will be factored into your claim.

The fact you are making a claim will also not affect your eligibility to join a different NHS practice.

Not necessarily. The system of litigation and bringing a claim is focussed on compensating losses, rather than on punishing wrongdoing. Regardless of whether you win your case there is no specific obligation for a doctor, surgeon or dentist to be struck off.

You can, however, make a formal complaint to the General Medical Council or General Dental Council, requesting that they investigate the case. The GMC or GDC will then review your complaint. Ultimately, if they consider that the case warrants a disciplinary hearing, it is possible that the doctor or dentist in question may be punished or struck off. However this is separate from a clinical negligence claim.

If you find yourself in a situation where you are able to make a claim against a dentist who has retired, or even passed away, you should not be deterred or worried. By law, all dentists must be registered with the General Dental Council and must have appropriate indemnity and insurance arrangements in place in order for patients to seek compensation which they may be entitled to.

Therefore, even after a dentist retires they will still be responsible for the treatment which was carried out when they were practicing as a dentist.

Contact us if you have received cosmetic dentistry that you are not happy with. You can speak to our team on: