Friday 15 November 2019

Woman's lips broke out in sores after teeth-whitening procedure

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Ray Managh

The lips of a 55-year-old housewife broke out in weeping sores following a teeth-whitening procedure and she had to feed herself drinks through a straw, a judge has been told.

Barrister Patrick O'Brien told the Circuit Civil Court that Barbara Kelly, a former bank official, had been treated by Jamie Edward McLoughlin, who trades as Easy Teeth Whitening in Mary's Mall, Mary Street, Dublin.

The court was told Mr McLoughlin had failed to respond to Ms Kelly's damages claim and judgment had been obtained against him in 2016.

Ms Kelly, of St John's Park East, Clondalkin, Dublin, said she had attended Mr McLoughlin's studio in July 2012 to have her teeth whitened and had undergone three blue-laser processes.

"Straight away I felt there was something wrong when I felt my lips tingling," she told Circuit Court president Mr Justice Raymond Groarke.

"I was afterwards told to go home and take paracetamol."

Ms Kelly said her condition deteriorated and she was forced to feed herself and take drinks with the use of a straw.

Her legal team claimed Mr McLoughlin, by undertaking to apply the teeth-whitening processes, had implied a warranty they were safe and harmless. They also alleged negligence on Mr McLoughlin's part. Judge Groarke awarded her €7,500 damages with costs against Mr McLoughlin.

Irish Independent

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