Dentist sued for alleged partial tooth extraction

Kyle Barnett Jun. 13, 2012, 2:00pm

NEW ORLEANS – A New Orleans man is suing a New Orleans dentist for injuries he claims he suffered under her treatment.

Marc Citron filed suit against Elizabeth Rigg, D.D.S. in the Orleans Parish Central DIstrict Court on May 17.

Citron claims he visited Dr. Riggs due to pain in his lower jaw and she advised him that he would need to have a molar removed. The plaintiff alleges that three days later Dr. Riggs performed oral surgery to remove the tooth but was unable to completely remove the tooth leaving the root intact, which did not allow the area to heal properly and left the plaintiff in pain.

Citron asserts he contacted Dr. Riggs for days after the surgery before he finally scheduled an emergency followup at which time she directed him to see another oral surgeon who successfully completed the tooth removal.

The defendant is accused of failing to fully extract the tooth, failing to close the open wound, failing to respond timely to Citron's calls to address his emergency, failing to diagnose the condition properly, failing to perform a competent extraction and failing to minimize harm to the plaintiff.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for personal injury, pain and suffering, emotional trauma, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of ability to travel, loss of consortium, costs of removal of the tooth by an oral surgeon and costs paid to the defendant.

Citron is represented by Sally D. Fleming of New Orleans-based the Law Offices of Sally Dunlap Fleming, PLC.

The case has been assigned to Division A Judge Tiffany G. Chase.

Case number 2012-04946.

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