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In late June, a young patient of Guelph Dental Associates, which also operates under the name Growing Smiles, became ill with a bacterial infection after a visit to the dentist. The child’s parents alerted Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, which investigated and found that the clinic’s employees were not properly sterilizing their instruments.

The clinic is shut down until it is able to pass a health inspection and prove that its instruments are being effectively sanitized. The health authority is also urging all patients from January 21, 2015 to June 21, 2017 to get tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV.

“The risk is not zero,” Dr. Nicola Mercer, the area’s medical officer of health, told CTV News Kitchener. “Because there is a risk – a small risk – we are asking that patients of this clinic be tested.”

The health authority’s announcement has understandably caused surprise, frustration, and fear in the clinic’s patients, which is why Will Davidson LLP has initiated a class-action lawsuit.

“What we will seek to do is hold the dental clinic accountable for its wrongdoing and get compensation for people who been put through enormous unnecessary stress,” Will Davidson’s Managing Partner Gary Will told CTV.

All 3,600 patients who have been affected by this issue are eligible to participate in the class-action lawsuit. If you are a current or former patient of Guelph Dental Associates and believe you may have been affected in any way by the clinic’s actions, contact the team at Will Davidson LLP today to learn how we can help.

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