South Carolina man files medical negligence suit against Raleigh County dentist over tooth implants

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 10, 2019

BECKLEY – A South Carolina man alleges a Raleigh County dentist negligently placed tooth implants and caused the loss of those implants and other issues.

James Cline filed a complaint in Raleigh Circuit Court against Joseph M. Duda DMD alleging medical negligence.

The suit states that on Oct. 25, 2011, the plaintiff sought medical care from the defendant, who placed implants on tooth locations 2, 3, 14 and 15. The plaintiff alleges he was told by the defendant that the procedure would be sufficient and gave the plaintiff no reason to be concerned about the implants. 

The suit states the plaintiff sought treatment at Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine in March 2017, where he was told that the implants were too close and positioned badly. The plaintiff alleges he was told the implants had to be removed and additional bone grafting needed to be done.

On April 6, 2017, the suit states the plaintiff had the defendant's work corrected by MUSC as well as on June 1, 2017. The plaintiff alleges he consulted another doctor on March 6, 2018, who said that the plaintiff would still need significant grafting for implants.

The plaintiff alleges the defendant deviated from the reasonable and accepted standards of medical/dental care.

The plaintiff is seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs and trial by jury. He is represented by L. Dante diTrapano and David H. Carriger of Calwell Luce, DiTrapano PLLC in Charleston.

The case has been assigned to Judge H. L. Kirkpatrick III.

Raleigh Circuit Court case number 19-C-88

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