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Oldham Dad loses 11 teeth, Dentist loses £42.5K

In a shocking case of extreme dental negligence, an Oldham man from Lees has been awarded £42.5K in compensation after a dentist repeatedly failed to diagnose and treat decay, resulting in the loss of 11 teeth.


The Dental Law Partnership built a case based on evidence showing that the severity of negligence of Dr Garside had lead to much suffering, physical trauma and financial loss

Ian Lisle, a 51 year old father from Oldham successfully sued Dr Michael Garside of M. Garside Dental Practice on the Lees High Street with the help of the Dental Law Partnership.

Trusting his dentist for over 14 years, Mr Lisle had frequented the Lees High street dental practice where he was given regular check-ups and consultations. Unfortunately this trust was misplaced.

Mr Lisle said: “Dr Garside was my dentist between 1994 and 2008. As far I knew, everything was fine with my teeth because I barely got any treatment for well over a decade. I went for regular check-ups and went ahead with treatments when he said I needed them.”

The father of two was left needing dental implants after half his teeth were left to rot away due to dental negligence. Mr Lisle’s dental problems began in 2005 when Dr Garside failed to fix one of his teeth, eventually convincing him that it would need to be extracted. Then again in 2007 Dr Garside informed Mr Lisle that another three teeth would have to be removed.

In a mere matter of months after this operation, Mr Lisle was informed yet another tooth would have to be removed, leading him to believe that something was not quite right and prompting the need for a second professional opinion.
Mr Lisle said: “I couldn’t understand why I suddenly started losing teeth. Dr Garside also put a bridge in. I was very concerned because I hadn’t had any problems in the past then I was suddenly told I need to have so many of my teeth removed"

The enormity of the dental negligence was brought to light by new evidence found by an implant dentist  which  showed the treatment from Dr Garside was so poor, that several teeth had rotted to such an extent that they were beyond repair.
“I found out how bad the situation really was when I went to a different dentist for an implant consultation and was told it was just the tip of the iceberg. I found out that even more teeth were decayed and would need to be taken out. I couldn’t believe it.”

This left Mr Lisle needing extensive and of course expensive implant treatment to replace the teeth that had either fallen out or were in dire need of removal.

Leaders in dental negligence law, The Dental Law Partnership (DLP) built a case based on evidence provided which showed that the severity of negligence by the hand of Dr Garside had lead to much suffering, physical trauma and financial loss for Mr Lisle.

DLP solicitor Kate Chadwick, who represented Mr Lisle, said: “All dental professionals are expected to provide a reasonable standard of care when treating their patients, but Dr Garside failed in that obligation. The treatment provided during the period was either non-existent or very poor, despite clear signs intervention was needed. Mr Lisle has lost a number of teeth because of Dr Garside’s actions and now faces further treatment to replace his missing teeth.”

The expert solicitors at The Dental Law Partnership were able to secure compensation to the sum of £42,500 in an out of court settlement, although Mr Garside did not admit liability.

The Dental Law Partnership specialises in dental negligence law and is the only law firm in the UK which includes three Directors who are dually-qualified dentists and solicitors. Ensure you get the best legal advice available in England and Wales by contacting DLP in regards to your dental negligence issues.

Visit or phone 0800 0853 823 for more advice today.


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