10 Sep Anonymous Plaintiff v. Anonymous Defendants
CHAMBERS COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT SETTLEMENT OF $700,000
Anonymous Plaintiff’s husband had oral surgery for the extraction of 21 teeth by the defendant dentist. Subsequently, over the next few days, the plaintiff’s husband developed a fever, swelling of his neck and tongue, and difficulty breathing. The dentist did not prescribe antibiotics. Three days after surgery, the plaintiff’s husband presented to the defendant hospital’s emergency room for treatment. His condition slowly deteriorated while in the emergency room and his breathing became more labored. After over 5 hours waiting in the emergency room, he was taken to the operating room for a tracheostomy. During the tracheostomy, he became unresponsive and ultimately died, six hours after walking into the defendant hospital. The Defendants denied liability and blamed the death on the deceased’s generally poor health including diabetes, prior heart problems and obesity. The Plaintiff was able to show that the dentist, emergency room doctor and hospital breached the applicable standard of care. The case settled on the eve of trial when the jury was about to be selected.