After a three-day trial, Rod Dillman and Julie Mayer obtained a defense verdict for the defendant.
The defendant was attempting to remove a temporary crown from the plaintiff’s mouth, when the instrument slipped and caused a laceration to the plaintiff’s lower lip. Plaintiff alleged that the defendant used a dangerous dental tool and excessive force while attempting to remove the temporary crown, instead of using safer alternatives. Plaintiff alleged that her labial artery and nearby muscle were severed. Plaintiff also alleged that the defendant dentist’s records were inadequate. Following the laceration, plaintiff required emergency treatment, including suturing. Plaintiff also required treatment with a plastic surgeon, including scar revision surgery, steroid injections, and multiple follow-up visits over a nearly two-year time period.
Plaintiffs’ treating plastic surgeon (whom plaintiff called as a damages witness at trial) testified that some of the plaintiffs’ injuries (including altered sensation, hypersensitivity, and discomfort) would be permanent.
After a three-day trial, the jury returned a verdict for the defendant.