Sunday, January 06, 2013

Parents of Marissa Kingery Sue Others in Dental Procedure Death



Marissa Kingery

The parents have already received a $ million settlement from the since retired oral surgeon under whose care Marissa Kingery died.

The parents of a 13-year-old Elyria girl who died during a dental procedure in January 2011 are suing several people who they believe are responsible for their child’s wrongful death.

In a lawsuit filed by Amber McEwen and Jason Kingery in Lorain County Common Pleas Court, the family is suing Cigna Corp., Cigna Dental Health of Ohio Inc., Mercy Regional Medical Center, NES Healthcare Group and Dr. Gilbert Palmer, alleging that each of the parties’ failure to act caused the death of 13-year-old Marissa Kingery.

Kingery was receiving dental surgery from Lorain dentist Dr. Henry Mazorow on Dec. 21, 2010, when she had to be rushed to Mercy Regional Medical Center for complications.

Kingery was having two baby teeth removed by the 80-year-old doctor when she was transferred to Mercy, where court records state she “never regained consciousness.” She died, Jan. 3, 2011, two weeks after the procedure.

The family is alleging that Palmer, a doctor in charge of Kingery’s care, did not do enough to save Kingery.

According to the lawsuit, Mercy Regional Medical Center and Palmer “fell below the accepted standards of medical care,” and as a direct result, Marissa Kingery died.

The family also alleges that Cigna Corp. that provided dental insurance through McEwen’s dental plan, was negligent for failing to hold Mazorow accountable for certain medical standards.

The Cuyahoga County coroner’s ruling determined that Marissa Kingery died of complications associated with intravenous sedation during the surgery by Mazorow. Marissa Kingery had been without oxygen, damaging her brain, because of the complications.

The parents will win more settlements, but I think they want more than money here.

Unfortunately, nothing will bring back their daughter.

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