Jury Awards $2.75 Million for Hemorrhage following Wisdom Tooth Extraction and Lack of Informed Consent
March 29, 2023 | Strategic Insights for Health System
A Michigan jury returned a verdict of $2.75 million for a patient who required emergency evacuation to a level one trauma center to treat a hemorrhage that occurred after removal of a wisdom tooth, according to an article in the December 2022 Medical Malpractice Verdicts, Settlements & Experts.
The 32-year-old patient sought care from the defendant oral surgeon for removal of his lower left wisdom tooth. An x-ray taken during the initial visit revealed a dark spot near the affected tooth, and the oral surgeon recommended that the patient undergo a biopsy and ordered a computed tomography (CT) scan without contrast to evaluate whether the lesion was cancerous. The radiologist reviewing the scan reported that the results were “sub-optimal due to lack of IV contrast. "...