Very few people enjoy going to the dentist, but despite their fears the majority will receive a professional and problem free service. However, there unfortunately are times when the standard of care people receive from their dentist is less satisfactory and patients can be left injured as a result of their dentist’s negligence.
In a case recently reported in the Daily Mail, a 60-year-old man is claiming compensation after he was left with long-term injuries when his dentist failed to diagnose that he was suffering from cancer.
Victor Heath had visited his dentist after suffering pain and swelling in his left cheek but was told this was due to an infected wisdom tooth. He was prescribed antibiotics and referred to hospital to have the tooth removed.
When he attended the hospital, the consultant was concerned and arranged for an urgent biopsy of the swelling, which turned out to be a stage 4 cancerous tumour.
He was scheduled for surgery to have the tumour removed, but before this could take place the tumour grew rapidly and ‘erupted’ out of his cheek. After the tumour was removed he was left with a 6cm hole in his cheek and he needed part of his jaw replaced. He has been left with both physical and emotional scars from the whole experience.
After undergoing radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment Mr Heath is fortunately now cancer free, but is suing his dentist, alleging that his initial failure to diagnose the cancer led to delays in Mr Heath being referred to specialists and receiving the necessary treatment. He believes that if the aggressive tumour had been removed earlier he would not have sustained such disfiguring injuries.
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