Case Studies: Healthcare

O’Reilly Stewart settles dental case for £35,000 for client who developed periodontitis

O’Reilly Stewart were instructed in relation to an alleged dental negligence case. Our client alleged that there was a failure to properly treat and advise her in respect of her oral health, which resulted in her developing periodontitis, or gum disease.

Periodontitis is a common dental problem that can arise due to a number of factors. It is absolutely essential that a dentist regularly examines patients for signs of periodontitis, and early treatment is paramount if any such signs are present. Issues in respect of negligence can arise where there are clear signs of developing gum disease and little or no action is taken to address the condition. If left untreated, the disease can develop and result in bone loss in the jaw and even permanent loss of teeth in more serious cases.

Our client contacted O’Reilly Stewart after undergoing a course of remedial treatment. She made a good recovery and, fortunately, is unlikely to lose any teeth as a result of the now stabilised condition. However, our case was that her condition should never have progressed to the level of disease that she had. She had some loss of bone, required extensive remedial treatment, and will require regular maintenance care in the future. She also developed a fear of dental treatment due to the nature of periodontal treatment provided.

We obtained independent expert evidence from a Periodontist and also a Psychiatrist to comment on the physical and psychological effect of the extensive remedial treatment that our client required and will require in the future. Ultimately, expert evidence was disclosed on the Defendant’s representatives and the case was settled without admission of liability for £35,000.

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