October 3, 2013
Tracy Prewitt successfully defended a New Albany, IN-based oral surgeon in a trial in Floyd Superior Court. The oral surgeon was accused of failing to timely diagnose an oral cancer. The patient alleged that the oral surgeon should have done more extensive testing after an initial biopsy revealed severe dysplasia within a dentigerous cyst. Prewitt defended the oral surgeon, noting that during the patient’s subsequent follow-up visits, the area where the cyst had been removed was healing well with no evidence of cancer. At the time the cancer was diagnosed, seven months after the patient’s last appointment with the oral surgeon, it was surgically treatable indicating it was a new cancer. The jury unanimously agreed with the defense and returned a verdict in favor of the oral surgeon.