Kanawha Co. couple alleges dental service's negligence caused injuries to wife

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jul 9, 2018

CHARLESTON — A Kanawha County couple is suing a dental service. alleging loss of consortium, negligence and vicarious liability.

CHARLESTON — A Kanawha County couple is suing a dental service. alleging loss of consortium, negligence and vicarious liability.

Cynthia A. Buckner and Charles K. Buckner filed a complaint in Kanawha Circuit Court against Dr. Joey L. Adkins, and Joey L. Adkins DDS PLLC, doing business as ELK Family Dentistry, alleging breach of professional standards of care and treatment.

According to the complaint, Adkins had been treating Cynthia Buckner since 2012. The suit says by late 2016 and early 2017 the pain in her mouth was growing. The suit alleges Adkins negligently failed to timely diagnose the plaintiff's lesion that had progressed to a significant squamous cell carcinoma, depriving Buckner of a higher chance of recovery. Additionally, Charles Buckner suffered the loss of his wife's spousal consortium

The suit says Cynthia . Buckner has sustained physical limitations, diminished capacity to enjoy life, pain and suffering, disfigurement, lost wages and inconvenience.  

The plaintiffs allege Adkins failed to closely monitor Cynthia Buckner's pre-malignant lesion, failed to immediately refer her to an expert, and failed to inform her of the increased risk of harm.

The Buckners seek trial by jury, compensatory and punitive damages, interest, attorney fees, court costs, expenses, and all further relief the court deems just. They are represented by attorneys Robert D. Cline Jr., Robert A. Campbell and R. Chad Duffield of Farmer, Cline & Campbell PLLC in Charleston.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 18-C-675

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