Specialist dental negligence solicitors, the Dental Law Partnership, have won £7,500 in damages for a man after dental treatment left him with a failed dental bridge after only 18 months.
Mr A, 53, from the North West has recently won a two-year legal battle against Mr X after a dental bridge fitted by the dentist cracked leaving Mr A in pain and discomfort and facing an expensive repair bill.
Senior solicitor, Tim Armitage at the Dental Law Partnership, said: “Mr A has been the victim of poor dentistry. Not only did the dentist fail to use reasonable skill and care in the assessment, planning and treatment of Mr A, they failed to obtain valid consent for the treatment and failed to advise him correctly.”
Mr A had been visiting his dentist, Dr X since 2010. After being assaulted at work, Mr A’s front teeth were loosened and an existing dental bridge was damaged. He explained: “I went to see Mr X and he advised me to have the bridge re-fitted and a new, partial bridge installed. I was happy to take his advice as he is the professional and supposed to be acting in my best interest.”
18 months later, the bridgework cracked leaving Mr A in discomfort and also extremely embarrassed about his appearance. “I was so embarrassed about how I looked,” he explained, “I only had my lower teeth to chew with so couldn’t chew anything like a steak and therefore going out for a nice meal was just pointless – it really knocked my confidence!”
Mr A visited a new dentist who advised he should go back and see Dr X. “When I returned to the dental surgery I was told that Mr X had since left and I would have to pay the full amount for the remedial work. I went back to my new dentist who advised me that they should guarantee the work carried out by one of its dentists.”
Armed with this knowledge, Mr A went back to the dental surgery and they offered to carry out the work for £3,500. He continued: “I was in real trouble, I was in pain with my teeth but I did not have the money to fund any of the treatment. I had recently read about Dental Law Partnership in the newspaper and decided to turn to them for help.”
After careful assessment, in March 2013, lawyers at the Dental Law Partnership took on his case and in March this year reached an out of court settlement for Mr A for £7,500, though Dr X continued to deny liability.
“The Dental Law Partnership were great, I just can’t praise them enough. They took all the worry I’d had off my shoulders and just handled everything for me, I would have quite literally been lost without them. I would recommend anyone in my situation to just pick up the phone and contact Dental Law Partnership to see if they could help them too.
“It only cost me the price of a phone call to get my life and my confidence back and I’m thrilled with the result.”