Sussex man receives £15,000 compensation after seven years of toothache
A Sussex man has been awarded an out-of-court settlement of £15,000 after suffering for seven years with toothache and chronic pain because his dentist failed to treat his dental problems resulting in the avoidable loss of two of his teeth.
Vladimir Hisamutdinovs, 31, a personnel production manager was living in Nottingham and went regularly to his dentist Dr Ewa Domagala-Szczygiel at the IDH Group Limited Gregory Boulevard Family Dental Practice. During one of the visits, Mr Hisamutdinovs told his dentist he was experiencing terrible pain and toothache in his upper right molar. The dentist Dr Domagala-Szczygiel extracted the tooth saying it was the right course of action.
Mr Hisamutdinovs then spent the next six years suffering intermittent bouts of a pain and was forced to change his eating habits and had to give up his favourite meal of steak.
By this time Mr Hisamutdinovs had moved to Bognor Regis, and then went on a holiday to Russia to see friends and family. Whilst there, he felt the same acute, agonising pain he had been experiencing over the last few years and called a Russian dentist. The dentist saw him and x-rayed his jaw, where it was found that he had a retained root due to the improper extraction of the tooth in 2007.
The Russian dentist told him that there was an extremely large infection present. Mr Hisamutdinovs endured a second surgical procedure to remove his retained root from the upper molar area – as a significant amount of bone was lost due to the chronic infection present around the root. Mr Hisamutdinovs now requires bone augmentation in the area before he will be able to have an implant.
On top of this, Mr Hisamutdinovs also visited Dr Domagala-Szczygiel in 2007 with pain in his lower left and lower right molar. Dr Domagala-Szczygiel performed root canal treatment on the lower left molar, which was later found to be of an unsatisfactory standard, while Infection in his lower right molar was also allowed to develop over time, and these failings resulted in the young man having two of his teeth removed.
Mr Hisamutdinovs said: “I have had a nightmare. Not only did I initially trust Dr Domagala-Szczygiel as my dentist, I put my faith in her to remove my upper molar which was basically performed incorrectly and a root was left there to gather infection. I have suffered on and off for seven years, and it was unbelievable that I was on a holiday to visit family and it was totally ruined by avoidable toothache. The pain was horrendous. I felt completely abandoned by the one person I had put my trust in. I was unable to enjoy any meals and I had to change what I ate as I could no longer chew properly”.
He continued: “Since my dentist has made so many mistakes, I am now researching thoroughly to find a good dentist in London or Portsmouth who can sort my teeth out for me. I have never felt so abandoned and angry..”
Georgina France, trainee solicitor at Dental Law Partnership explained: “Our client will now require implant replacement therapy on his lower right and left molar in the future and will be visiting the dentist for corrective and restorative treatment for the rest of his life. A man of 31 should not have needed to have two of his teeth removed, it is unacceptable and negligent of Dr Domagala-Szczygiel to have allowed this to happen.”
Mr Hisamutidnovs contacted the Dental Law Partnership who accepted his case in September 2014 and his case was concluded a year later in September 2015 and settled out-of-court for £15,000. The defendant Dr Domagala-Szczygiel, did not admit liability for her actions.