Good Dentistry Should Not Be Painful

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Settlement of $675,000 (record trigeminal neuralgia settlement)

A dentist harvested bone from his patient’s lower rear jaw without first taking an x-ray to identify anatomic markers – particularly the Inferior Alveolar Nerve (IAN) which is a large nerve just below the boney ridge. As a result, the dentist directly injured this nerve, causing the Plaintiff, a 57 year old black male, to be permanently injured with an excruciating permanent pain condition affecting is right face and jaw. The total medical bills in the case were approximately $5,500.00 and the plaintiff’s condition appears to be untreatable.

Confidential Settlement – Cook County


Verdict of $750,000 (former record dental verdict)

Bleaching, followed by veneers, followed by crowns to 14 teeth. The Plaintiff alleged that all crowns had open margins. The Plaintiff claimed bad crowns caused her to develop periodontal disease and that there was lack of informed consent for cosmetics. The Plaintiff was never told that work would need to be done periodically and would lead to root canal and potential tooth loss.

Ranalli v. McDermott, DDS, et al. Circuit Court of Cook County No.: 2004 L 008931


Settlement $1,250,000

The Plaintiff developed antibiotic induced colitis (c-diff.) due to unnecessary prescription of antibiotic. Surgery necessitated colostomy.

Irgang v. Staib, DDS, Circuit Court of Cook County 07 L 11947


Settlement $1,300,000

Dentist alleged to have caused or contributed to nitrous oxide addiction.


$1,125,000 total in multiple claims against James V. D’Alise, DDS

Alleged negligent placement of implants.


Settlement $300,000

Alleged negligent crowning of teeth requiring crown lengthening of all teeth.


Settlement $500,000

Loss of all teeth due to alleged failure to diagnose periodontal disease for over 40 years.