The district consumer disputes redressal forum, Chandigarh, has directed a dentist to pay Rs 21,000 as compensation to an ex-serviceman for improper tooth implant.
Disposing of the complaint filed by Inderjit Singh Cheema of Sector 47, a retired lieutenant colonel, the consumer forum directed Dr (Capt) Jasbir Singh Dhody, the owner of Dhody’s Dental Clinic and Implant Centre, Sector 18, to refund Rs 21,000 with 9% interest from March 2013 till realisation. Dhody will also pay litigation costs to the tune of Rs 10,000 to the complainant.
The forum presided over by PL Ahuja on January 19 observed that the evidence on record proved that Dhody’s Dental Clinic and Implant Centre had indulged in “unfair trade practice, deficiency in service and is also guilty of medical negligence.” According to the forum, the complainant hired the clinic for service so it couldn’t pass the buck to the visiting doctor. If the clinic was not having its own infrastructure for implanting teeth, it could have politely refused instead of taking the payment from the complainant and getting his tooth extracted and implanted from the visiting doctor, the forum said.
Dhody said Cheema had been told that the implant would be done by the visiting doctor. They denied that the implant started showing signs of failure or that the complainant kept on reporting to them. Dr Dhody admitted that the implant was fixed in the clinic but denied that the same was done in his presence.
The complainant, Inderjit Singh Cheema, a resident of Sector 47-C, had alleged that he consulted Jasbir Singh Dhody in February 2013 as he was having a problem in one of his teeth. In March 2013, Dhody got his tooth extracted and the implant was done in July 2013. But the process failed as there was mobility which caused intense pain.