August 21, 2019
Kathleen E. Watson successfully defended a dentist in a malpractice case tried in Evansville, Indiana.
It was alleged that the dentist should have placed the plaintiff on antibiotics prior to extracting several teeth. The day after the extraction, the plaintiff presented to the emergency department with significant swelling and difficulty swallowing. Over the next several days, severe infection developed in the jaw. The plaintiff went into respiratory failure and was placed on a ventilator for several days.
Kathleen developed proof that the care was appropriate and that this particular type of infection was a very rare complication.
The court granted Kathleen’s motion for a directed verdict, resulting in a defense verdict for the dentist.