Our client, a 50 year old woman from the North West, has been awarded £55,000 in an out of court settlement after the defendant ignored her gum disease condition over a period of 15 years.
Mrs A first visited Dr C, the defendant, in 1992. In June 1993 she noticed bleeding gums and was referred to the hygienist for oral hygiene advice. Despite regular dentist appointments the problems continued with her gums. An X-ray taken in April 1997 shows that Mrs A had lost some of her bone around her teeth due to the underlying gum disease however this was unrecognised by Dr C and no treatment was provided.
The oral hygiene advice continued until 2009 but Mrs A was not informed that she was suffering from gum disease. From 1999 to 2002 Mrs A’s teeth were noted as “fit” and again no treatment was provided to treat the condition. Another X-ray taken in June 2002 revealed that Mrs A had lost 70% of her bone around one of her teeth – a symptom of the gum disease. Again Dr C took no action to treat the disease and noted her teeth as “fit”.
It wasn’t until August 2003 that Dr C made a note in Mrs A’s records that she had severe gum disease but she was still kept in the dark, unaware of the condition of her teeth.
Between 2003 and 2007 Mrs A visited Dr C for routine examinations and at her final appointment her teeth were noted as “fit”.
In August 2007 Mrs A attended a new dentist who immediately informed her that she had gross gum disease and referred her to the dental hospital for treatment.
As a result of Dr C’s failure to diagnose, monitor and treat Mrs A’s gum disease between 1993 and 2007, she had to have 7 teeth removed and faces having the rest of her teeth extracted in the future.
Although Dr C did not admit liability for his negligent treatment, Mrs A is pleased with the assistance provided by the Dental Law Partnership and that she was able to bring a claim against him.