Yes, there are time limits for making a dental negligence claim, and these time limits are set in law. Failing to initiate your claim within the specified timeframe may result in your claim being time-barred.
In most cases, the general limitation period for making a dental compensation claim is three years from the date when you first became aware of the dental negligence, or from the date when the negligence occurred, whichever is later.
If the dental negligence affects a person under the age of 18, the three-year limitation period begins from the date of their 18th birthday.
If the individual affected by the dental negligence lacks the mental capacity to make a claim themselves, there is no limitation period in place. A claim can be made on their behalf by a legal representative or next of kin.