Tipton woman awarded £19k after dentist left her with permanent numbness
A woman from Tipton has been awarded £19,000 in an out of court settlement after a routine dental procedure left her with permanent numbness of the face.Mrs I, 55, sued Dr N, after she suffered damage to the nerve in her lower jaw whilst she was having her wisdom tooth extracted. Mrs I said: “I wasn’t aware that this was a risk that was associated with the procedure, so was quite shocked that my face remained numb long after I left the surgery.“I was told that the feeling could come back after a while, but over two years on and I’m still experiencing numbness in the right side of my tongue, my lower lip and chin. I’ve also suffered a partial loss of taste.”Evidence provided to Mrs I’s lawyer, Heather Williams from specialist dental negligence solicitors the Dental Law Partnership, showed that two separate nerves were damaged during the extraction, which has left her with permanent damage.Williams said: “Nerves can often run very close to the wisdom teeth, and it is always a risk when extracting a tooth that the nerve could be damaged. “Dr N failed to recognise that the nerve bundle was so close to the root of the tooth and that, because of this, there was an increased risk of nerve damage. If this had been properly established, Mrs I could have been referred to a specialist. Unfortunately this wasn’t the case and my client has been left with serious and lasting damage.”Mrs I said: “It’s really upsetting to think that this could have been prevented, as it’s not something that can be fixed or that I think I’ll ever get used to. I’m just looking forward to moving on from this now it’s all settled.”Dr N has denied liability.