Can I Claim Compensation For Loss Of Teeth?

Are you wondering whether you could claim the loss of teeth in an accident? We aim to provide you with the information you need to ascertain whether you are eligible to make a personal injury claim.

Loss of teeth claims guide

Loss of teeth claims guide

Losing your teeth can be an upsetting experience. It could impact your ability to speak and eat. Futhermore, it could result in a cosmetic impact that affects you ment.

This guide will tell you what evidence you could use to prove negligence when making a claim. Additionally, we will share how our experienced panel of solicitors could represent you with a No Win No Fee agreement in place.

However, if you would like to speak with someone about your specific claim, you can call our team of advisors. They are available 24/7 to offer free legal advice about your claim.

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  1. Could I Make A Claim For Loss Of Teeth?
  2. Teeth Loss Accident Scenarios
  3. How Could I React To Having My Teeth Knocked Out In An Accident?
  4. Determining Compensation For Loss Of Teeth
  5. When Could I Get A No Win No Fee Agreement?
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Could I Make A Claim For Loss Of Teeth?

You might be able to make a personal injury claim if you were injured in an accident that someone else was liable for. You may have lost your teeth in a road traffic accident, an accident in a public place or in an accident at work.

To make a successful claim, you must prove that you suffered damage to your teeth because someone else breached their duty of care to you. In a later section, we will discuss the various situations in which a duty of care applies. 

For further guidance on when you could claim for loss of teeth, contact us today.

Teeth Injury Statistics

You may have sustained your tooth injury in an accident at work. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provide workplace injury statics from reports from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) and made under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR).

The HSE reported non-fatal workplace injuries to employees in 202/21 under RIDDOR. Some of these were:

  • Injuries to several locations of the head – 98
  • Injuries to the head (excluding face) – 2,542
  • Injuries to other parts of the face – 963.

There is a possibility that some of these facial injuries may have been injuries to the teeth, mouth and jaw area. 

Teeth Loss Accident Scenarios

As we stated previously, to make a successful claim for a personal injury, you need to demonstrate with evidence that someone breached their duty of care to you, which is why you were injured. There are a number of situations and environments in which you’re owed a duty of care, meaning that someone is responsible for your safety. 

Workplace Accidents

According to the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA), your employer must do everything they reasonably can to keep you safe while in the workplace and performing work-related tasks. They can do this by performing regular risk assessments, maintaining good housekeeping and providing you with the protective equipment you need to do your job safely.

If your employer breached this duty of care, you could become injured. For example:

  • The stairs leading up to the stockroom at your retail job have inadequate lighting, making it difficult to see and manoeuvre up and down these stairs. Whilst retrieving new stock, you cannot see where your foot lands, and you miss the step, causing you to fall. As a result, you suffer an arm injury as well as damaging your front teeth.

Public Place Accidents

The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 (OLA) states that anyone in control of a public space must do all that they reasonably can to keep members of the public space whilst they are on that property. Your local council would be considered the ‘occupier’ of the various public spaces that they control such as parks, for instance.

An example of how an occupier could be liable for an accident is:

  • There are aware of some tree roots protruding from the concrete but have done nothing to fix this issue. Walking home, you trip over these tree roots and land face first on the concrete footpath. This result in various teeth becoming chipped or cracked.

Road Traffic Accidents

Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians must act in a way that prevents . The duty of care is outlined in the Road Traffic Act 1988; the Highway Code also outlines how road users should behave on the road, and some of these entries are backed up by law. Other road users owe you a duty of care to behave responsibly when on the road to reduce the risks of accidents. If someone were to drive recklessly, this could cause an accident where you become injured. For example:

  • A drunk driver is driving down the wrong side of the road. They crash into your car head-on. You suffer a serious back injury and lose multiple teeth in the accident.

To claim for loss of teeth, you must prove that someone else’s negligence caused your injuries. For guidance on whether you could have a valid claim for compensation, speak with one of our advisors today. 

How Could I React To Having My Teeth Knocked Out In An Accident?

If you have been injured in an accident and would like to claim loss of teeth, there is evidence you can collect to help you form the basis of a successful claim. 

  1. Get medical attention for your injuries.
  2. Gather evidence of what happened. – CCTV footage, eyewitness contact details, and photographs of the accident and your injuries could help support your claim.
  3. Complete the accident report book (if applicable).
  4. Obtain a police report of the accident (if applicable).
  5. Request a copy of your dental and medical records stating your injuries and treatments you received.

Additionally, you may want to receive some free legal advice on how to prove a personal injury claim. If so, you can contact our advisors today.

Determining Compensation For Loss Of Teeth

If you are successful in making a claim for loss of teeth in an accident, your settlement may be divided into special and general damages.

  • Special damages. – These seek to compensate for any past and future financial losses caused by your injury. This can include paying for dental treatment, the cost of veneers and any therapy you may have needed. You will need to prove these losses to claim for them. You could do this by providing invoices and bank statements.
  • General damages. – These seek to compensate you for how your quality of life was impacted and any physical and mental harm you endured due to your injury. Just like with special damages, you must provide sufficient evidence to claim these damages. For example, you could provide a copy of your dental and medical records. You might also need to attend an independent medical assessment; this could be arranged in your local area to reduce travel time. 

Using the compensation brackets listed in the 16th edition of the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG), we have created the table below to help you understand how much you could receive for your injuries. Personal injury solicitors can use the JCG to help them value claims. However, the amount of compensation you’re awarded will vary depending on your specific claim, so only use these figures as a guide.

Skeletal InjuryCommentsAmount
Fractures of Jaws(e) (i) - Multiple, very serious fractures of the jaw. This will cause permanent consequences such as severe pain and eating restrictions. It will require prolonged treatment.£30,490 to £45,540
Fractures of Jaws(e) (ii) - The jaw has suffered a serious fracture, which will result in problems with eating and opening the mouth.£17,960 to £30,490
Skeletal Injuries (a)The frontal facial bones have suffered le fort fractures.£23,810 to £36,740
Skeletal Injuries (b) Some permanent facial disfigurement due to suffering multiple facial bone fractures.£14,900 to £23,950
Skeletal Injuries (Fractures of Cheekbones)(d) (i) - The cheekbones will require surgery due to suffering serious fractures. It could cause paraesthesia in the lips or cheeks with potential disfigurement.£10,200 to £15,780
Fractures of Cheekbones(d) (ii) - Some facial reconstructive surgery may be necessary following a simple fracture of the cheekbone. However, there will be a full recovery.£4,350 to £6,460
Skeletal Injuries (Damage to Teeth)(f) (i) - Several front teeth have been lost or seriously damaged. £8,730 to £11,410
Damage to Teeth(f) (ii) - Two front teeth have been lost or seriously damaged. £4,350 to £7,630
Damage to Teeth(f) (iii) - One front tooth has been lost or seriously damaged. £2,200 to £3,950
Damage to Teeth(f) (iv) - Various back teeth have been lost or damaged. Amount awarded will be assessed on a per tooth basis.£1,090 to £1,710

You can get in touch with a member of our team today to see how much your settlement could be worth. If you have a valid case, you could be connected with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel to work on your case.

When Could I Get A No Win No Fee Agreement?

A type of No Win No Fee agreement called a Conditional Fee Agreement may be an option you want to consider if you decide to pursue a claim with legal representation. 

With this type of agreement, you will only pay your solicitor a legally capped success fee if they win your case. Additionally, there are generally no upfront solicitor fees to start your claim, and you won’t have to pay them for their services if your case is unsuccessful.

For more information on how a solicitor from our panel could help you claim for loss of teeth in an accident, call us today.

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Writer Megan Ryder 

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