A recent report in The Times reported how a former teacher, Judith Mcardle, was awarded £52,000 in compensation against her dentist David Vaughan, who failed to spot a gum infection over the 20 year period he had treated her.
Mrs Mcardle had for attended regular check-ups with Mr Vaughan and was led to believe her teeth were in good health. It was only when she visited another dentist due to ongoing pain and sensitivity that she discovered that she was suffering from undiagnosed periodontitis, which ultimately led to her losing all of her top teeth together with several others.
Commenting on the report Steve Green, Head of Personal Injury at Fosters Solicitors said "Unfortunately these types of cases are becoming a familiar story in both the medical and dental profession and an increasing number of patients are failed by the Dentists and Doctors they put their trust and faith in. Fortunately, the law provides a means for compensation for these individuals and if have suffered injury or damage due to lack of treatment or poor treatment by your Doctor or Dentist then you should seek legal advice as soon as possible, as you only have a three year period from the date of knowledge of the negligent treatment to claim compensation."