Jonathan Herbert, specialist personal injury lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) offices, has secured £22,500 for a client who suffered pain and discomfort when their dentist failed to provide treatment to a reasonable standard.
The claimant was a 49 year old woman who visited the defendant, a private dentist, after she experienced problems with her pre-existing bridgework. She was told she would require application of a number of crowns, extraction of two teeth and replacement with implants, as well as fitting of temporary dentures and an inlay.
The fitting of the crowns was delayed, and once treatment began the dentist was forceful in his application, causing the claimant huge amounts of pain and discomfort. She spent the whole weekend in a vast amount of pain.
The extraction of the teeth went ahead, but the installation of the implants failed due to infection after they were negligently applied. These later had to be removed by a subsequent dentist. She also required bone grafting in order to correctly refit the implants.
On fitting one of the implants to her upper jaw, the dentist forced an implant up into the maxillary antrum (sinus). She had to see an oral surgeon to have the implant removed and the sinus floor repaired, which was a major procedure, leaving the claimant in a huge amount of pain.
The inlay and temporary dentures were also negligently and poorly fitted. As a result of the negligence, the claimant suffered with a sinus infection and an unpleasant reaction to the antibiotics. She had a prolonged period of difficulty eating and drinking, because she was left without implants, as well as a loss of confidence.
The claimant required much more extensive and invasive treatment than she would otherwise have needed if the work had been carried out correctly in the first instance.
Once court proceedings began, the defendant immediately accepted liability. After negotiation, Jonathan Herbert was able to obtain an out of court settlement of £22,500 for the claimant, to compensate her for her pain and suffering, as well as any future dental treatment she may require.
Jonathan Herbert specialises in dental negligence cases. If you would like to ask Jonathan a question about a potential case, or if you have a general query about any clinical negligence, contact him on 01892 701226 in confidence.