A 5-year old boy in Leeds received over £9,000 in compensation after a dentist failed to spot tooth decay in time, leading to the boy losing 13 of his 20 milk teeth due to rotting.
Cameron Jackson was taken to Dr Raymond Matloa, the dentist at the Fountain Street Medical Practice in Morley, Leeds, on numerous occasions by his mother, Wendy, after he complained of toothache but the dentist failed to spot the tooth decay.
Wendy said that every time she visited the dentist, she was told that there was no problem and to make sure that Cameron brushed his teeth regularly. "His dentist kept saying his teeth were fine but even I could see they were yellow, not white like milk teeth should be. He advised us to brush them more but when we did his teeth crumbled and ended up like little pegs. His gums bled like crazy", she said.
Dr Matloa finally referred Cameron to the Leeds General Infirmary when he was three years old in 2010 and the doctors removed 13 of his teeth in order to prevent further spread of the decay. Wendy and Cameron's father, Gareth, sued Dr Matloa and though the doctor did not admit any liability, he settled the case out of court according to which Cameron will receive £9,000 when he turns 18.