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July 25, 2022
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QPWB CHICAGO PARTNER GETS DEFENSE VERDICT ON BEHALF OF DENTIST ON BREACH OF STANDARD OF CARE CLAIM
Dental Malpractice Trial – Negligence
COOK COUNTY, IL ― QPWB Chicago partner John P. Prusik, obtained a defense verdict before a jury on behalf of his client, a dentist, on various allegations including breach of standard of care. The plaintiff, a 37-year-old female, claimed that the defendant, a general dentist, was negligent when the tip of the dental instrument separated and became lodged in the plaintiff’s tooth during a root canal. The plaintiff further alleged that the dentist over prescribed antibiotics, was not qualified to perform the root canal, and made an inadequate referral to an endodontist. The plaintiff claimed the defendant’s negligence breached the standard of care and that such breach caused pain, suffering and economic loss.
The defense argued and proved that the dentist was qualified to perform a root canal, did not breach the standard of care and that a dental file tip breaking during a root canal is a known risk and complication. Additionally, the defense pointed out the dentist properly stopped the root canal procedure, prescribed antibiotics to prevent infection and appropriately referred the plaintiff to an endodontist to remove the file tip and complete the root canal.
The plaintiff asked for $100,000 in damages. The Cook County jury returned a defense verdict, concluding the defendant-dentist did not breach the standard of care.
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Since 1979, John P. Prusik has focused in the areas of personal injury defense, insurance defense, medical and dental malpractice, products liability, construction negligence and construction defect litigation, and professional negligence claims against architects and engineers. His experience includes litigating and defending many complex liability cases on behalf of property owners, construction companies, medical professionals, and health care facilities. Mr. Prusik received his Juris Doctor from Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois in 1975. He serves as an arbitrator and has taught at the Insurance School of Chicago.
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