Learn About Claiming For Broken Teeth

By Cat Stardew. Last Updated 30th June 2022. Whether you’ve suffered broken front teeth, or serious damage to your back teeth, you may have been caused pain and discomfort at the time, and more pain and discomfort because of the treatment you’ve had to undergo to fix your broken teeth. If you’re wondering whether compensation amounts for broken teeth could reflect this, then why not look at this illustration of how a broken teeth accident could lead to compensation payouts of £16,000. We’ll also explain how you could make a personal injury claim for compensation for a broken tooth if you have suffered this type of injury in an accident that was not your fault, whether as a result of a slip, trip, or fall, in a workplace accident or a car crash. Here at Legal Helpline, we offer advice and support on claiming compensation for broken teeth, and we could also connect you with a personal injury lawyer from our panel who could help you begin a claim. To get started, simply call 0161 696 9685, but before you do, why not read on to discover more about compensation payouts for a broken teeth accident.

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Road Traffic Accidents Leading To Broken Teeth

If you are involved in a road traffic accident that was not your fault, and you suffer injuries, you could be able to make a compensation claim for your injuries, and costs that are associated with the accident, such as travel costs and loss of earnings, if someone else could be held liable. Whether you have had your teeth broken in a car accident when someone hit you head-on while speeding, or when you were hit from behind in a rear-end shunt, you could look into whether you could be eligible to claim compensation for broken teeth due to an accident that was caused by another road user.

Broken teeth injury

Broken teeth injury

Road accidents could cause broken teeth in a number of ways. If someone hits your car, for example, you could hit your mouth on the steering wheel, whereas if you are knocked off a cycle or motorbike by another car, you might flip over the handlebars, hitting your mouth on the ground. These are just a few examples. Other potential ways in which you could have your teeth broken in an accident on the road could include:

  • Passenger accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • HGV accidents
  • Public transport accidents
  • And more…

If you think someone else was at fault for a road traffic accident in which you suffered broken teeth, you may wish to look into the possibility of claiming for such an injury.

Different Teeth In Your Mouth – Anatomy

To understand the importance of certain teeth when it comes to your ability to drink, eat, speak and smile, we may need to understand the anatomy of the teeth.

The average adult mouth has 32 teeth. These include:

The incisors – These are the sharper front teeth which are similar in shape to a chisel. There are four in the upper jaw and four in the lower jaw and the primary use or an incisor is for cutting your food.

The canines – These are the pointed teeth that are used for grasping and tearing your food. A canine is sometimes referred to as a cuspid.

The premolars – Sometimes called biscuspids, these are biting teeth with pointed cusps on them. A premolar is used for tearing and crushing.

Molars – These have more cusps on their surface than the premolars, as they are used to grind and chew food.

If cracks or breakages are found in the teeth, whether a molar or a wisdom tooth, they may not just look unsightly but could also cause pain when eating. They could also cause damages to the surrounding gums and could cause jaw pain. It would be wise to visit your dentist if you suffered broken teeth in a car accident so that the most appropriate advice and treatment could be given.

Kinds Of Road Traffic Accident In The UK

Road traffic accidents in the UK can – and do – cause injuries. According to the government’s published statistics, 160,597 people were injured on UK roads in 2018, and injuries ranged from minor to fatal. Whether you were injured as a driver, passenger, pedestrian, or any other road user, if someone else caused the accident you were injured in, then you may wish to consider checking whether you could be eligible to make a claim for compensation.

10 Ways You Could Be Involved In A Car Accident Causing Broken Teeth

According to further government statistics, the following causes were cited as being the main factor for road traffic accidents in the UK in 2018.

Rider/Driver’s failure to look properly – 53,259 accidents

Rider/Driver’s failure to judge the path or speed of another person – 27.551

Rider/Driver’s recklessness, carelessness or speed – 20,833

Poor manoeuvre or turn – 18,916

Control loss – 15,350

Pedestrian’s failure to look properly – 10,888

Slippery roads caused by weather – 9,802

Road user going too fast for road/weather conditions – 7,921

Going over the speed limit – 5,387

Braking suddenly – 8.768

Whether your broken teeth accident was caused by one of these factors or not, if someone else was at fault, you may be able to claim compensation for the damage to your teeth as well as the costs of the treatment required to fix the broken teeth, as well as other costs associated with the accident.

Case Study: £16,000 Compensation Payout For Broken Teeth In A Car Accident

Here, we have put together an example of a fictitious case study to illustrate how it could be possible for a claimant to be awarded £16,000 in compensation payouts for broken teeth in a car accident.

The claimant, who we shall refer to as Mrs A, was travelling home from work when another driver rear-ended her car at speed, causing Mrs A to bang her teeth on the steering column, breaking 3 of her front teeth plus mouth injuries. Mrs A, who was working as a promotional model at the time, sustained damage to the central incisors and one of the lateral incisors. The woman had to cancel her appearances at promotional events until such time as she was able to get treatment for the broken teeth. She had to undergo private treatment in order not to lose her place at the promotional agency.

Mrs A instructed the services of a no win no fee personal injury solicitor, who argued for compensation payouts for the private treatment as well as the initial injuries and loss of income for the claimant. The claim was eventually settled at £16,000.

Broken Tooth Compensation Payouts For 2022

There are two heads of claim you can pursue in a claim for a broken tooth: these are general damages, and special damages. General damages is the part of your settlement that provides compensation for your pain and suffering, and is calculated on a case-by-case basis. Because of this, we cannot provide an average settlement or payout.

However, you may still be able to get an idea of how much broken tooth compensation you could receive by checking the edition of the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) that was published in April 2022. The JCG provides legal professionals with guideline figures for compensation awards, some examples of which you can find in the table below.

InjuryCompensation BracketNotes
Significant Tooth PainUp to £38,130Chronic pain lasting over a number of years with general deterioration of teeth.
Tooth Damage (i)£8,730 to £11,410
Serious damage or loss of numerous front teeth
Tooth Damage (ii)£4,350 to £7,630
Serious damage or loss of two of the front teeth
Tooth Damage (iii)£2,200 to £3,950
Loss of or serious damage to one front tooth.
Tooth Damage (v)£1,090 to £1,710
Loss or damage to back teeth, amount per tooth.
Fracture of Jaw (iii)£6,460 to £8,730
Simple fracture requiring immobilisation.

Special damages aims to provide compensation for the financial impacts caused by your injuries. These can include:

  • Loss of earnings 
  • Travel costs
  • Childcare expenses
  • Domestic help

For more information on special damages and what else you may be able to claim for, contact our advisors today. 

No Win No Fee Compensation For Broken Teeth

You may have noticed that we mentioned the words no win no fee when we went through the example of how someone could claim compensation for broken teeth. The way in which these types of claim work is under a Conditional Fee Agreement; a document that a claimant would sign to secure the services of an injury lawyer without paying upfront. Within this agreement, a percentage is usually stipulated, which cannot be over 25%. The agreed percentage is the portion of the compensation that a lawyer would be paid in the event of successful compensation payouts. If a valid claim was put forward but the lawyer failed to win the claimant any compensation, then the success fee would not have to be paid by the claimant. If you would like to know more about these kinds of claims or would like us to connect you with a lawyer who works to this payment structure, we could do this for you.

How To Make A Broken Teeth Compensation Claim

Claiming compensation for a broken tooth, or broken teeth could be stressful, especially if you are still recovering from the injuries you’ve suffered or are unsure as to whether the compensation amounts you could receive would be worth the paperwork involved. If you’re unsure about any aspect of making a broken teeth accident claim, whether you’re not sure whether you’re within the personal injury claims time limit, or are wondering how much compensation for a broken tooth you could be entitled to, then you might want to speak to someone with experience in handling these kinds of enquiries. Here at Legal Helpline, we’d be glad to help. We have years of experience assisting claimants with enquiries about making compensation claims, and a great track record of providing quality free advice on lots of different types of injury claims. We could even provide you with a solicitor from our panel who could begin your claim for you on a no win no fee basis.

Talking To Legal Helpline About Your Claim

One call to us could give you all the information you may need to make a broken teeth accident claim. Our friendly and helpful advisors are ready and waiting to hear from you, We can be reached on 0161 696 9685, or via our contact form. We look forward to helping you.

Resources And References

Injured As A Cyclist – Here we lead you through cycling injury claims, explaining how you could claim compensation for this type of accident.

Injured On The Road – Road traffic accident claims are covered in this handy guide.

Hit And Run Claimants – Here you can find details on claiming if you were involved in a hit and run.

Trusted External Resources

Broken tooth NHS advice – This takes you to the NHS page on broken teeth. You might find it useful.

Find A Dentist – Here is a useful page that covers how to search for a dentist.

First Aid For Broken Teeth – This page offers some first aid advice for broken teeth.

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