Dental negligence solicitors in Devon and Somerset
Slee Blackwell, with offices in Devon and Somerset, specialise in dental negligence claims.
In a recent out of court settlement our client received compensation for the attempted extraction of the wrong tooth and failure to treat dental decay.
Our client had visited his dentist about pain in a rear molar tooth on the left side. An X-Ray was taken, and he was given a deep root filling. He was told that further root canal treatment or extraction might be needed.
Four months later he returned to his dentist, this time complaining of pain in his upper left wisdom tooth. He was advised that his treatment options were to either:
a) extract the tooth; or
(b) leave it alone.
No alternative treatment was discussed. Our client opted to have the wisdom tooth removed.
The dentist used a local anaesthetic injection to numb the whole area and started to extract the tooth. Part way through the treatment, our client asked the dentist which tooth he was attempting to remove, as although he could not feel any pain, the dentist seemed to be working too far forward in his mouth.
This resulted in the dentist realising that he was trying to extract the molar and not the wisdom tooth. The Dentist left the molar in place and then proceeded to remove the wisdom tooth. The dentist told him that there was likely to be ligament damage to the molar due to the partial extraction, but said this would settle in time. Understandably his patient was very unhappy and called our free legal helpline.
Our team were able to assist him in making a dental negligence compensation claim on a no win, no fee basis. Penny Beales (who is based at one of our Devon offices) obtained his dental records and commissioned a supportive report from a dental expert. This established that not only was the aborted attempt to remove the molar ultimately likely to result in an extraction, but his wisdom tooth could have been saved if it had been treated.
Armed with this evidence we were able to conclude an out of court settlement which comprised compensation and payment of our client’s legal costs.