Couple files suit against St. Louis dentists over allegations piece of tool used during extraction lodged in bone

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Aug 6, 2018

ST. LOUIS – A woman alleges she has permanent nerve damage after a tooth extraction at a St. Louis dental office.

Jonecia Burns-Ligon and Frank Ligon filed a complaint on July 21 in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against Francis J. Kubik III, DDS, PC and Dr. Thomas Switzer, DDS alleging negligence and medical malpractice.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that on July 27, 2016, Jonecia Burns-Ligon presented herself to defendants' dental office for the purpose of having her teeth treated. The suit states Switzer recommended an extraction of a molar, which was done. She alleges Switzer used a surgical burr that was unsafe and part of the tool broke off and lodged in her gum and bone. She also alleges Switzer left a part of a tooth remaining in her gum. The suit states she was referred to an oral surgeon to remove the foreign object.

The plaintiff alleges she has permanent nerve damage in gum and jaw and incurred additional medical costs as a result of the procedure.

The plaintiffs hold Kubik and Switzer responsible because the Switzer allegedly failed to use a degree of skill and knowledge to diagnose and treat her tooth extraction.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment against the defendants of more than $25,000, plus costs and all other relief that are just and proper. They are represented by Edward C. Kruse of Kruse Law LLC in St. Louis.

St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court case number 1822-CC10810

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