Judge allows for class action lawsuit against Guelph dental practice related to 2017 incident

The lawsuit is related to a 2017 incident where public health advised patients to get tested for HIV and hepatitis

A judge has cleared a proposed lawsuit against a Guelfi dental office as a class action lawsuit.

The lawsuit relates to a 2017 incident where Guelph Dental Associates advised patients to get tested for HIV and hepatitis.

In June 2017, Guelph Dental Associates closed for several weeks after Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health identified multiple public health violations at the Eramosa Road site related to improper sterilization and disinfection of medical devices.

Public Health sent 3,600 letters to families who had patients in the clinic for 27 months, asking them to get tested for HIV and hepatitis, even though the risk of infection was “very low”.

When the clinic reopened, they said they had taken several steps to address the problem.

Kimberley Lowe is named as plaintiff on behalf of her two daughters. She asked the court to uphold the lawsuit as a class action, which the judge did.

According to the written judgment, the plaintiffs’ application for certification was intended for “comparison purposes”.

Dr. Meikle Dentistry Professional Corporation, Dr. Katherine Zettle, Dr. Kanisha Campbell, Dr. Ladan Mansouri and Dr. Andrew Meikle called.

The campaign started in July 2017.

“Plaintiffs allege that defendants were negligent in providing dental services at the dental clinic known as Guelph Dental Associates and exposed their patients to certain communicable diseases,” said Chief Justice Paul Perell’s ruling.

Anyone who received dental treatment and services from Guelph Dental Associates between January 21, 2015 and June 21, 2017 is eligible to participate in the class action lawsuit.

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