Miss B was left in the lurch by two dentists who failed to use reasonable care and skill in her initial dental examination. She was provided with incorrect treatment which subsequently resulted in a severe infection. With legal help from the Dental Law Partnership, our client received £29,500 in damages.
We are brought up from a very young age to trust our dentist and the advice they offer, which is what Miss B believed as a regular attending patient of Dr N and Dr I. She was unhappy with the appearance of her teeth and therefore turned to her dentists for help. Dr N and Dr I suggested that a number of crowns would be required in order to achieve the results she desired, which she then happily agreed to. Unfortunately, Dr N and Dr I were careless with their initial check-up and failed to treat evident decay before carrying out the treatment plan. This ultimately caused Miss B more harm than good; a number of months later, one of the crowned teeth became infected and caused blood poisoning as a result of significant infection spreading.
The situation only got worse for Miss B, who had to be admitted to hospital following a dangerous fall after losing consciousness due to the infection. Her teeth were examined by another dentist who revealed the damage caused by Dr N and Dr I. Miss B was not informed when she was initially examined by Dr N and I that one of her teeth was in fact severely damaged and required extraction, it was therefore not suitable at all for the treatment they wanted to carry out.
Had Miss B had the tooth extracted then she would have avoided the severe infection, the loss of consciousness and fall, the facial scarring and hospitalisation. She now feels very self-conscious about the facial scar and it will take a considerable amount of time before she gets her confidence back. She told us, “I was never expecting a trip to the dentist to end up in a hospital bed and I think it’s going to be a long process before I will overcome what’s happened.”
The Dental Law Partnership gladly took on Miss B’s case and were successful in securing her £29,500 dental negligence compensation, so she can now begin to put this traumatic ordeal behind her. If you think you may have been mistreated by your dentist, get in touch with the Dental Law Partnership today by calling 0808 149 7951 or fill out an online claim form.
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