Summary Judgment Dismissal of Dentist

Aaron P. Gilligan and Chris L. Winstanley won summary judgment dismissal of plaintiffs’ dental malpractice claim in Early v. Dentist brought in Pierce County Superior Court.  Plaintiffs sued the dentist, alleging negligence, outrage, and negligent infliction of emotional distress arising from an alleged facial nerve injury following a dental procedure.  Aaron and Chris moved for summary judgment on the grounds plaintiffs lacked expert testimony to support breach and proximate cause.  After the court granted plaintiffs an additional 90 days to secure expert testimony, plaintiffs produced an opinion from an expert alleging breach.  The defense pointed out the opinion failed to show such alleged breach proximately caused the alleged injury.  The court agreed and dismissed the action with prejudice.

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