GLACE BAY, N.S. —
MacGillivray Injury and Insurance plans to conduct 135 interviews with people who say they were victims of dentist Dr. Errol Guam.
Ryan Binder is one of them and the Glace Bay father was one of the first to contact the law firm after filing complaints with police and the dental board in relation to his six-year-old daughter’s appointment with Gaum on Nov. 10.
“I wanted (Dr. Gaum) to be accountable for all the people he has hurt over the years,” Binder said.
“I feel good about it because I don’t think a big law firm like MacGillivary would take it on if they didn’t think they could win.”
A press release from the firm Friday evening, the day MacGillivary decided to take on the case, indicated they had 60 possible claimants on the suit. By Saturday afternoon that number had more than doubled.
Managing partner Jamie MacGillivray said there was “nothing normal” about this case but couldn’t disclose much more due to it being in the early stages of the process.
“We have 135 phone intakes scheduled over the weekend with two lawyers … and more intake calls have been coming in … there are a lot of people coming two us at this point,” MacGillivray said.
“The first step we have is to determine how to legally file this action … we plan to file the claim this week.”
Binder claimed during his daughter’s appointment with Gaum he hurt and traumatized her by restraining her physically and verbally abusing her during the appointment.
After filing a complaint with the Dental Board of Nova Scotia and Halifax Regional Police, Binder posted about the incident on Facebook on Nov. 11 in hopes of alerting others to what allegedly happened.
By Nov. 12, two Facebook groups were made for victims of Dr. Errol Gaum. One is private and currently has more than 560 members. The other is public and has more than 2,100 members.
Halifax Regional Police confirmed they are currently investigating multiple allegations
Nicole Sullivan is an education, enterprise and diversity reporter for the Cape Breton Post.