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Full judgment In Breakingbury V Croad

A judgment handed down at Cardiff County Court on 19 April 2021 has for the first time confirmed that the owner of an NHS dental practice is responsible for compensating a patient for negligent NHS dental treatment provided by associate dentists working at the practice.

Chris Dean Managing Director of The Dental Law Partnership commented:
“If it were not for vicarious liability and the non-delegable duty of care, there would have been no reasonable prospect of success in the claim for our client, nor of our client being awarded the funds to pay for corrective treatment. Because of this ruling, Mrs Breakingbury, and all dental patients like her who have been the victims of dental negligence, will now have access to justice.”

Dental Law Partnership acted for Mrs Breakingbury in this claim against the practice owner, Dr Croad