In New Jersey, a jury has reached a verdict to award over 12 million to the family of 21 year old Francis Keller who had died the morning after his wisdom teeth extractions. The verdict is believed to be one of the largest ever awarded for dental malpractice.
The 21 year old man died from suffocation in August of 2005. The morning after the extractions he had trouble breathing due to swelling in his throat.
However, it was known that Keller had a genetic immune disorder which caused severe swelling in reaction to trauma. The oral surgeon who extracted the teeth was aware of the immunity disorder and performed the wisdom teeth removal anways.
The verdict was obtained by David A. Mazie of the law firm of Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman, LLP.
To learn more about the attorney and the case please read http://www.mazielaw.com/article_$11Million_MedicalMalpractice_Verdict.htm