WOMAN LOSES TOOTH FOLLOWING BOTCHED TREATMENT BY LOCAL DENTIST
• 48-year-old Julie Bate from Coventry, West Midlands, lost a tooth and suffered from severe pain and infection after her local dentist failed to perform adequate root canal treatment • Mrs Bate attended numerous appointments for the root canal treatment and had to leave her job after missing work too much to see the dentist • £6,250 received in compensation
Mrs Julie Bate, a 48-year-old woman from Coventry, West Midlands, has won £6,250 in compensation from her local dentist with the help of specialist negligence solicitors, the Dental Law Partnership. The dentist’s failure to perform satisfactory root canal treatment led to Mrs Bate suffering episodes of severe pain and infection, resulting in the eventual loss of her tooth.
Unhappy with her previous dentist, Mrs Bate’s husband recommend she see someone at MyDentist Kingston Road in Coventry. Upon joining the practice in March 2016, Mrs Bate became a patient of Dr Rabina Maqsood.
“I wasn’t happy at my old practice,” Mrs Bate said. “I’d been told by one dentist that I needed a filling or even a root canal on my tooth but then when I went back another dentist at the practice told me that I didn’t need any treatment at all. I wanted a second opinion so I began seeing Dr Maqsood in the hope that she could fix whatever was wrong with my tooth.”
Mrs Bate complained of a sharp pain to Dr Maqsood at her first appointment and, upon examination, was advised that root canal treatment was required. In April 2016, Dr Maqsood commenced root canal treatment but Mrs Bate had to return for a second appointment for Dr Maqsood to complete the procedure.
“I was getting really nervous,” Mrs Bate stated. “It made me wonder if I was really in safe hands with this new dentist.”
Unfortunately for Mrs Bate, following treatment, she began experiencing pain and swelling on the side of her mouth. She went to see Dr Maqsood who prescribed antibiotics however Mrs Bate was back at the dentist just a few months later when the sharp pain had returned.
“I thought that it was finally over but clearly I was wrong,” Mrs Bate commented.
Mrs Bate returned to see Dr Maqsood in October 2016 and had to have the tooth extracted but sadly her problems did not end there. Mrs Bate continued to suffer from pain and infection post-extraction and had to be prescribed more antibiotics.
“The whole experience was just so draining,” Mrs Bate explained. “I suffered all of that pain. I was already devastated to have the tooth removed but to then get another infection after the extraction was just unbelievable.”
Mrs Bate contacted the Dental Law Partnership. Analysis of her dental records revealed that Dr Maqsood failed to use due care and attention when carrying our root canal treatment. This has resulted in Mrs Bate suffering from pain, infection and the eventual loss of her tooth.
“I’m embarrassed to smile as the tooth is so close to the front of my mouth,” Mrs Bate said. “The back and forth to the dentist has cost me so much money and I even had to leave my job because I kept missing shifts to go to appointments. It was such an awful experience but I’m relieved that it’s finally over.”
Amanda Pietrusiak of the Dental Law Partnership commented: “What our client went through was completely unnecessary. If the dentist had provided adequate treatment in the first place all the suffering she experienced could have been avoided. We hope the compensation she receives goes some way towards paying for any additional treatment required.”
The Dental Law Partnership took on Mrs Bate’s case in 2016. The case was successfully settled in March 2018 when the dentist paid £6,250 in an out of court settlement. The dentist did not admit liability.