£8,000 Compensation Payout For A Broken Tooth – Case Study & A Guide To Calculate Compensation

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  1. A Guide To Broken Tooth Compensation Payouts
  2. How Serious Is a Tooth Injury
  3. Financial Pressures From Tooth Injuries
  4. What Accidents Can Cause A Broken Tooth?
  5. Care Claims For Tooth Injury Payouts
  6. Additional Damages To Compensation Values
  7. Case Study: £8,000 For A Broken Tooth
  8. Compensation Calculation Estimates
  9. No Win No Fee Broken Tooth Claims
  10. Where Can I Find Specialist Lawyers?
  11. We Can Help
  12. Resources

A Guide To Broken Tooth Compensation Payouts

A personal injury claim can be initiated against your employer, public operators and any road users who failed in their ‘care of duty’ to you and caused your mouth injury or broken tooth. Settlements for broken teeth can result in surprising payouts, with ‘general damages’ guided by the Judicial College and ‘special damages’ covering any financial impacts of the injury, both past and present.

Our case study, which is intended only as a guide, will explain the routes to compensation and how with the help of a No Win No Fee solicitor you can recover compensation for a broken tooth injury. We’ll discuss calculating your own compensation by using a personal injury compensation calculator and finally, where and how to find the best No Win No Fee claims solicitor for you.

How Serious Is A Tooth Injury?

As our case study shows, a seriously broken tooth can be life-altering. Any tooth or dental accident can obviously impact your face as well and all injuries to this area should be properly recorded and logged in an accident book, whether the injury happened in a workplace or in a public setting.

The NHS describes various severities of mouth and dental damage ranging from a small chip and a cut lip, right up to significant loss of teeth, jaw and gum damage, potential infections and life-changing disfigurements. Your No Win No Fee solicitor will help guide you towards the maximum compensation applicable. Visit their website for more information here 

All mouth injuries are serious and broken teeth especially so, causing numerous problems for eating and speaking, to say nothing of the distress caused by a radically impaired appearance. When it comes to making a claim for your injuries, it’s important to be able to satisfy the three criteria of negligence:

  1. Did the defendant owe you a duty of care?
  2. Did the defendant breach that duty?
  3. As a result of the breach, did you suffer an injury?

If you can answer yes to all of the above, you may have a case. We’re able to support you with claims for accidents at work, road traffic accidents and public liability claims. Let’s take a look at the duty of care relating to each type of claim. 

  • The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 sets out your employer’s responsibility to create the safest work environment possible for you. If their failure to do this caused or contributed toward your accident, you could have grounds for a claim. 
  • Those in control of public spaces likewise have a duty of care under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 to ensure your safety as fully as is practicably possible. Any injury in a shopping mall, retail park, private premises or communal area is bound by these laws.
  • Road users are also obliged under the Highway Code to ensure due care and diligence at all times and are liable for any accident or injury they cause you through their negligence or carelessness. This responsibility extends to all road users, irrespective of age or experience.

Financial Pressures From Tooth Injuries

Anything that detracts from your ability to work properly or to focus on the requirements of your typical day can carry a financial impact. A serious dental injury and any kind of mouth wound are very painful, debilitating and distressing. Missing work or losing out on any potential financial opportunities is a common additional problem created by tooth damage.

Dental work can also be extremely expensive and it may be the case that you do not have the funds required to attend to the problem fully, thereby prolonging the pain and inconvenience. Making a personal injury claim for a mouth injury can help greatly to cover these costs.

What Accidents Can Cause A Broken Tooth?

Workplace accidents, RTA’s and accidents in public places can all involve our teeth. Trips and falls can result in broken teeth depending on how you’ve fallen and sadly, assaults and physical violence are also responsible for a significant percentage of mouth injuries. Depending on the health of the teeth and gums, certain foods can cause cracking and chipping of teeth, whilst lifestyle choices such as smoking and drinking can weaken teeth.

Some broken tooth injury claims can arise from incidents in restaurants, if there was, for example, a foreign body in your meal and you bit down on it, cracking your tooth, you might have grounds to seek compensation from the negligent owner. 

By far the biggest cause of broken tooth injury claims is the impact on the mouth on surfaces as a result of an accident or recklessness of others.

Provided the accident falls under employers’ liability, public liability or road traffic accidents, we can help. Get in touch with our team to find out more.

Care Claims For Tooth Injury Payouts

When there has been significant dental trauma, it might be necessary for you to rely on the help of family and friends for a while, or to pay for the services of a carer. Their help is most needed if there are dental procedures that involve general or local anaesthetics, leaving you temporarily unable to undertake your basic and personal tasks properly for some time after the surgery. Trips to the dentist may require someone to accompany you or look after children and other dependents while you are recovering.

These costs can be claimed back under special damages and it’s important to keep as detailed a record as possible of these expenses to strengthen your claim. Travel fares, the missed work of those helping you and other aspects of personal care all come with a cost to you or others, so keep a record.

As we’ve seen, dental compensation amounts can vary greatly, so to give yourself the best chance of winning the compensation you deserve, speak to our team about how our panel of No Win No Fee lawyers can support you.

Additional Damages To Compensation Values

In order to prove a personal injury claim for broken teeth, a medical assessment is required. This is your opportunity to establish with a medical professional that the damage to your teeth was a result of the accident. The long-term prognosis can also be determined, enabling you to clarify how long it will take before you completely recover from your injuries, if indeed a full recovery is possible. An assessment will also rule out that the damage was the result of a pre-existing condition, something that could impact your claim. The two types, or ‘heads’ of claim are:

General damages – this aspect of compensation accounts for the physical pain, psychological suffering and the impact on your life the injuries have had. The awards made reflect the parameters of payouts from a slight injury to a more severe one.

Special damages – can take into account the numerous financial implications of your injury. Loss of earnings, travel expenses, carer costs and other miscellaneous expenses can all be claimed for. These are the damages for which careful retention of receipts and invoices are vital.

Case Study – £8,000 For A Broken Tooth

Andy was a 35-year-old worker in the hospitality sector, with a job as ‘front of house’ concierge on the reception of a large hotel. A great deal of his day was spent greeting guests and it was a vital part of his job that he greeted everyone with a smile.

On the way home one winter evening he noticed that the street light directly outside of his home address had been vandalized. He reported it to the Council, but six weeks later it was still broken, rendering that end of the street completely unlit.

On the night of his accident, he returned home and the street light was still broken. Trying to walk safely in the dark, Andy tripped on a raised paving stone, fell and chipped his tooth on the edge of the kerb. It was a serious accident that resulted in the loss of one front tooth and a serious chip on the other. He was off work for a month while his facial injuries healed.

Andy was devastated about his teeth. After consulting with his dentist and a specialist, he decided to pursue a public injury claim against his local council. After gathering proof that the street light was still broken, despite being reported, the local council admitted liability for this negligence and a claim for broken tooth damages was successfully settled in Andy’s favour to the tune of £8,000.

A break-down of Andy’s damages looks like this:

General damagesSpecial damages
The Judicial College states that damage to both front teeth can carry an award of £6,320Loss of earnings for one month - £1,350
Travel to dentist/specialist - £150
Painkillers - £30
Personal care/attendance to appointments involving anaesthetics - £150

Please note that Andy’s case is just an example. It’s based on our past experiences of handling and valuing personal injury claims and similar cases may achieve a different settlement figure.

Compensation Calculation Estimates

Does Andy’s story sound familiar? It’s important to note that whilst personal injury compensation calculators may seem to give an ‘instant’ figure for your personal injury claim, they’re often inaccurate. You could be due more.

The best way to establish exactly what may be payable to you is to contact our team who can talk you through the process step by step. There are many different factors that can have a bearing on your payout, so it’s vital to speak to an advisor to get the best results.

Use the number above to speak 24/7 to our team, or contact the ‘Live Support’ section on our website for a precise estimate.

No Win No Fee Broken Teeth Claims

No Win No Fee claims are designed to help people access the justice and compensation they deserve for their mouth injury at no up-front cost to them. This can be especially helpful when it comes to dental injuries, as remedial and reconstructive dental costs can be prohibitive. The maximum compensation possible will go a long way to help with this.

Essentially, if your case does not succeed, you will not have to pay any of your solicitors fees. Under such an agreement, you won’t have to pay any upfront costs, nor any costs while the claim is ongoing. 

If your case is successful, your personal injury lawyer will seek a nominal fee (capped by law) which is deducted only after the compensation has been won, leaving the bulk of the money for you.

Where Can I Find Specialist Lawyers?

The precise location of a solicitor is no longer important thanks to the internet. Google searches will yield thousands of personal injury firms to choose from, so how do you find the right one for your broken tooth case? We recommend reading reviews. They give great, first-hand information about a firm. Specifically, look out for the following: 

  • See how quickly the case was settled for other claimants
  • How well did the solicitors communicate?
  • Did the client get the desired result?

We Can Help

Thank you for reading our guide. We hope that it’s been informative and helpful in your search for how to approach a broken tooth claim and sets out the advantages of using a No Win No Fee lawyer to recover the best possible compensation award. For free, legal advice and support, with no obligation to proceed,


We sincerely appreciate you reading our guide to the services offered by our panel of No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers relating to broken tooth compensation claims. Below, you can find some further resources you may find useful. 

Click here to read the Highway Code

Click here to check out the NHS’s guide to broken noses. 

Click here to discover more about the Health and Safety Executive.


Guide by JE

Edited by RI