Dentist to the celebrities Dr. Sherri Lee Worth has been ordered to pay Ingrid Valdez and her husband Barry Cosgrove about $641K for Newport Beach dental malpractice. The couple sought damages from Worth after the dentist placed 22 crowns and veneers in Valdez's mouth and performed gum lasering on her in 2009.
Valdez contended that the procedures left her teeth discolored and her smile "gummy," and, according to her Newport Beach medical malpractice complaint, she experienced extreme pain in her mouth, which became very sensitive to cold, hot, and touch. She also said that the pain worsened and she had to undergo several root canals and emergency surgery to fix the damage. Valdez claimed that other dentists blamed Worth for her dental complications.
Worth, who has appeared on TV, is known for doing dental work on the rich and famous, including Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, Nip/Tuck actress Kelly Carlson, and American Idol performer Ace Young. The plaintiffs say that the dentist's association with the celebrities, which is noted on her professional Web site, caused them to trust her. The procedures that Worth performed on Valdez cost the couple $45,000.
Per the arbitrator, Worth was not cooperative when questioned and her account of the work she performed and the records she kept are nor reliable. The arbitrator accused the dentist of doctoring records and possibly purposely getting rid of evidence.
The $641,000 covers the plaintiffs' pain and suffering, as well as damages for loss of consortium, economic loss, and interest. As of earlier this month, Worth was also involved in three other Orange County, California medical malpractice complaints.
Dental malpractice can cause serious injuries, pain and suffering, health complications, and or cosmetic defects for a patient. It doesn't matter if the dentist is famous or well-respected, mistakes and negligence can happen. Fortunately, state law allows victims to file Orange County, California medical malpractice claims and lawsuits.
"Dentists, like all medical professionals, owe patients a duty of care to provide a certain level of medical service," said Newport Beach personal injury lawyer Vincent Howard. "When breach of that duty causes injury and/or suffering to the patient, this can be grounds for a lawsuit."
In addition to the physical pain, emotional trauma, poor cosmetic outcome, and/or subsequent procedures a patient of Newport Beach dental practice may have to endure, he/she may suffer other damages, such as lost wages, the inability to see to daily obligations and commitments while recovering, medical expenses, and negatively impacted relationships with others and on one's self-esteem.
Newport Beach dentist loses in malpractice suit, Daily Pilot, June 1, 2012
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"You want to work with an Orange County, California dental malpractice law firm that comprehends the full scope of your damages and suffering and will work hard to make sure that you are compensated," said Anaheim injury attorney Vincent Howard.
Orange County, California medical malpractice attorney Vincent Howard is the founding partner of Howard Law, PC.