A prominent Laguna Beach dentist with a long list of celebrity clients recently lost a lawsuit after a patient complained of severe and relentless pain after receiving a mouthful of crowns. Dr. Sherri Worth was sued for dental malpractice and ordered to pay $641,452 to Ingrid Valdez and her husband Barry Cosgrove for the 2010 surgery that left Ingrid in horrific pain.
Valdez apparently went to Dr. Worth complaining of a gummy smile and chipped and discolored teeth. She believed that she would receive veneers to remedy her complaints, but Dr. Worth gave her a mouthful of crowns–22 teeth to be exact. Valdez subsequently experienced extreme pain and sensitivity even though she paid a substantial amount of money to Dr. Worth to fix her teeth. She has since spent an additional $70,000 on repairs including two gum surgeries and eight root canals and has lost 20% of her body weight.
According to arbitration details, Worth claimed that Valdez suffered from a temporary reaction to the cement used during the procedure. When a records expert went to examine Valdez's medical records, Worth argued that a Diet Coke was accidentally spilled on them, rendering all of the pages unreadable. An arbitrator concluded that Worth's explanation was unbelievable and that Valdez's medical records had been re-written in large part and that the medical charts were unreliable. Worth's work has been featured on TV shows such as "The Swan".
recently named in the 2009 edition of Best Lawyer's In America, David Mittleman has been representing seriously injured people since 1985. A partner with Church Wyble PC—a division of Grewal Law PLLC—Mr. Mittleman and his partners focus on medical malpractice, wrongful death, car accidents, slip and falls, nursing home injury, pharmacy/pharmacist negligence and disability claims.