Dental Malpractice – Root Canal Therapy – Nerve Injury
Dennis Vandenberg successfully defended a Palm Beach County endodontist accused of causing nerve injury as a result of root canal therapy. The Plaintiff was an 81 year old widow who had claimed immediate onset of pain and numbness following a lower left root canal treatment. Her history to several dentists was inconsistent. The numbness was confirmed by the defense neurologist but was again variable. The Plaintiff was represented by a dentist/attorney who was allowed at the last minute to add an oral surgeon as a standard of care expert. Plaintiff’s counsel also accused the dentist of making false entries into his electronic record. Imaging studies and an inconsistent history supported the defense position. The jury deliberated for five minutes followed by lunch before returning a defense verdict. The Plaintiff had asked the jury for $250,000.