It is not uncommon for people to feel anxious when they need surgery, but going to a dentist does not typically justify anxiety. However, Tennessee people who have appointments for dental procedures might be interested in a case in another state involving allegations of medical negligence and fraud against a dentist. The patient alleges the dentist sedated her, extracted the wrong tooth and then billed her for treatment he failed to provide.
According to the complaint, the dentist recommended the extraction of her wisdom teeth. The 44-year-old woman was booked for the procedure to be done under sedation. However, she alleges that she discovered afterward that the defendant extracted the wrong tooth. Her claim indicates that she had no knowledge of this and that she had not given consent.
The woman claims that she asked the dentist to explain why he pulled the wrong tooth. He responded that she woke up from the sedation during the procedure and instructed the dentist to remove the wrong tooth. Furthermore, the patient alleges the defendant billed her insurance for a graft that was not performed. The dentist allegedly also billed the insurance for pulling her wisdom teeth, which he failed to do.
The plaintiff seeks between $250,000 and $1 million in damages, claiming that she would have to go to a different dentist to do the work the defendant failed to do. The woman further claims that the dentist’s office refused her request for her medical records. Anyone in Tennessee who is in a similar situation may have grounds to pursue financial relief by filing a medical negligence lawsuit in a civil court.