Jaw injury compensation claims
This guide considers everything you need to know about making a successful jaw injury compensation claim.
Broken jaw and other jaw injuries can have serious, long-term health consequences. Symptoms typically include problems opening the mouth, problems with chewing and brushing teeth, facial numbness, disfigurement and teeth damage.
Most jaw injuries are the result of facial trauma, such as a sporting accident, trip and fall accident, road traffic accident or criminal assault. Occasionally, they are due to negligent dental treatment. Dental implants, for example, have been known to cause permanent nerve damage in some patients.
Common jaw injuries include:
- Broken jaw
- Fractured jaw
- Dislocated jaw
- Cancer of the jaw
- Torn muscles, tendons or ligaments
- Nerve damage
- Temporomandibular Disorder, a problem affecting the chewing muscles of the jaw.
A claim should be possible if the jaw injury:
- happened in the last three years (longer if children were involved) and
- someone else was to blame.
Even if you qualify, however, some solicitors may not take on your claim for any number of other reasons.
I have a strong claim - why won't a solicitor take it on?
The claimant's solicitor must prove that the defendant negligently caused the accident in question. They must also show that the injury arose as a result the accident and not from some other cause, such as an underlying illness.
If the broken jaw or other jaw injury was due to criminal violence, such as actual bodily harm, the claimant need only show that an act of violence occurred. Negligence does not have to be proved.
To establish dental negligence, the claimant's solicitor must prove that the dentist made a mistake that no other reasonable dentist would have made. Read more about medical negligence claims.
A jaw injury compensation settlement will be based on:
- How long your injury will last
- How serious your jaw injuries are, and,
- Any other financial losses you have suffered, including lost wages and treatment costs
In legal terms, compensation is broken down into two categories:
General damages are awarded for “pain, suffering and loss of amenity”. This means the general damages you get will be calculated based on the seriousness of your injury, and the specific impact that your whiplash symptoms have had on your life.
By way of example, a fractured jaw that heals without surgery may receive a general damages payout of around £4,250.
A serious broken jaw that requires surgery and causes permanent damage such as difficulty eating or joint arthritis is likely to receive a compensation settlement between £22,000 and £33,000.
Personal injury solicitors now work on a No Win, No Fee basis.
No Win, No Fee means that if your claim is not successful, you will not need to pay any legal fees.
If you do win your case, a success fee will be deducted from the compensation award and paid to your solicitor.
How can Quittance help?
Quittance is a panel of personal injury solicitors with an excellent track record of winning claims. Our solicitors will fight for the best possible compensation settlement.
Starting a claim is a straightforward process. A short, no obligation phone conversation with one of our expert scar injury solicitors will let you know where you stand and answer any questions you may have.
If you decide that you would like to pursue a claim, the solicitor will send you an information pack. The pack will contain everything you need to know including details of how no win no fee works.
To speak to us about your claim, without obligation, call 0800 612 7456.
Meet the team
Quittance Legal Services' nationwide network of solicitors take on all types of personal injury claims and have a wealth of experience in fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our solicitors are chosen on the basis of their track record in winning claims and their knowledge and expertise.
What if I was assaulted and the perpetrator can't be found?
Special rules apply to jaw injuries that result from criminal violence. In most cases, compensation is paid by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, a government agency set up to compensate the victims of violent crime.
A claim may be brought to CICA even if the perpetrator is not convicted, prosecuted or even found. Read more about criminal injury compensation claims.