Defense Verdict in Dental Malpractice Case in Fulton Superior Court
Wade Copeland and Ashley Sexton successfully defended a dentist in the State Court of Fulton County. Plaintiff alleged that the dentist negligently performed a total mouth reconstruction that employed a bridge and crown reconstruction of the patient’s mouth resulting in broken teeth, headaches, weight loss and exacerbation of other pre-existing conditions. The defense presented evidence that dentist had seated the reconstruction in temporary cement with the intention of adjusting the patient’s bite and correcting any deficiencies before seating the reconstruction in permanent cement. However, the patient failed to return for the final seating of the reconstruction. Rather than having any further dental work done, he elected to file suit against the dentist. The defense presented expert testimony that the reconstruction was performed appropriately and that the patient’s failure to allow the dentist to complete the work resulted in his damages. The jury returned a defense verdict after a short period of deliberation.