An Expert Witness’s Role in Dental Trauma Claims

Much has been written about the role of an expert witness in dental claims involving instances of medical negligence. However, significant claims can also arise from damage to teeth via personal injury, resulting from an accident at work or a trip, slip, or fall. Understanding how an expert witness can assist the Court in such cases can help Solicitors and Barristers to build a case in their client’s favour.

What are the signs and symptoms of dental trauma?

Dental trauma is physical injury to the teeth, gums, the alveolar bone, or the soft tissue of the mouth, including the lips and tongue. It can result from several causes, including:

  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Assault
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Being hit in the mouth by machinery
  • Playing sports

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