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Negotiations Resolve Patient’s Claim for Negligent Dentist

Posted on: July 5th, 2012 by Medical Negligence

A man has received a five-figure settlement after he underwent negligent surgery at a dental practice that resulted in two of his teeth being unnecessarily removed.

John Turnbull, aged fifty-six from Gateshead, visited his dentist in 2008 with a pain in his jaw. He went to the Glenholme Dental Practice, in the nearby Dunston, where Dr David Stewart had been his dentist for fifteen years. Mr Turnbull was informed by the dentist that he had an infection in his mouth and, as such, two of his bottom teeth would require extraction.

When the treatment was completed, Mr Turnbull found that he was suffering immense pain for many weeks afterwards. He attempted to return to the dental practice where he had undergone the procedure to get further treatment for the pain, but upon finding it closed, Mr Turnbull went to other dental practices. It was in another practice that it was discovered that Mr Turnbull’s teeth had been unnecessarily removed. Mr Turnbull then sought legal counsel before making a compensation claim against his dentist for the procedure.

As Mr Turnbull’s solicitors were investigating for his claim, they discovered that his dentist – Dr Stewart – had failed to treat a decaying tooth and that another three claims for medical negligence by a dentist were filed against him. Despite denying liability in each of the cases, Dr Stewart was struck from the Dentists’ Registry in March 2010. Out-of-court negotiations began between Dr Stewart’s insurers and Mr Turnbull’s solicitors, which resulted in Mr Turnbull receiving a £4,000 settlement of compensation for the negligent dental procedure.