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21st Sep

Mr A suffered a substantial number of dental complications, including having to have a number of teeth removed, as a result of negligent treatment by his previous dentist over a period of over 10 years.

Before approaching Aston Knight Solicitors he approached a large specialist dental negligence firm who advised him that he did not have a case. He also spoke to another firm who provided similar advice. James Winterbottom of Aston Knight Solicitors however accepted the case, obtained specialist evidence from a senior dental expert regarding the negligence, issued court proceedings and then negotiated a final settlement of £45,000 with which Mr A was delighted.

The dentist in question has been struck off but, unfortunately, many former patients in the Bury and Ramsbottom area were affected by his negligence over a number of years.

James Winterbottom, solicitor, who dealt with the case commented: this case highlights the need for clients to seek specialist legal advice where they have concerns regarding historic treatment. Whilst there is generally three years from the date of negligence to start court action or settle a claim, this deadline can be extended where the negligence comes to light later on, but action must be taken as soon as the apparent negligence comes to light. The case also highlights the importance of seeking second, or even third, legal opinions as otherwise viable cases may not be pursued.

We have succeeded with many cases failed or rejected by other firms, including on many occasions by the largest or most specialised firms in the country, and are always happy to review a case in which negative advice has been received and to provide a second opinion.

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