Represented by the Dental Law Partnership, Mr A from the West Midlands was awarded £5,000 in damages after suffering from dental negligence in the form of an inadequate root canal treatment.
Mr A had been a regular attender at his local dental surgery, and had sought treatment from Dr G for most of his adult life. He trusted Dr G and believed he would be advised as to when he would need a specific treatment. Unfortunately, this was not the case as Dr G had begun to neglect his patient.
Mr A started to experience high levels of pain in his rear molar on the right side of his mouth. It became so extreme it was difficult to ignore, so an emergency appointment with Dr G was made for the following week. He said, “I decided to visit Dr G following an unexpected spell of toothache and I was surprised to learn it had got to the stage of needing root canal treatment.”
Although Mr A often visited Dr G for regular check-ups, the developing tooth decay had gone unnoticed for a long period of time, which then resulted in the deterioration of his oral health. Mr A agreed to have the root canal treatment as he thought it was the only option to stop the pain, but little did he know, this was only the beginning of his ordeal.
Mr A said, “Although I’d suffered a huge amount of pain during the root canal procedure, I continued to experience toothache. I struggled to both eat and sleep as a result of the pain so I decided to get a second opinion.”
The state of Dr G’s dental work was exposed when Mr A visited another dentist. The examination showed that Dr G had failed to provide a satisfactory root canal treatment and post crown procedure. Mr A then required a repeat root canal treatment and a new post crown to repair the existing damage, meaning the pain and suffering was likely to continue.
As a result of the poor root canal treatment and crown, it’s likely that there could be a possible future loss of the tooth and implants will be required. Mr A had no idea of the damage that Dr G was causing during every visit, so he reached out to the Dental Law Partnership who took on the case and successfully fought for compensation. He was awarded £5,000 in damages which will help him on the road to recovery and any future restorative work that’s required.
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