Case management conference set in lawsuit alleging minor patient contracted herpes from dental tools

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Dec 20, 2016

Madison County Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder scheduled a case management conference in a woman’s suit alleging her daughter contracted the herpes simplex Type 1 virus from contaminated dental tools during a routine dental exam.

Madison County Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder scheduled a case management conference in a woman’s suit alleging her daughter contracted the herpes simplex Type 1 virus from contaminated dental tools during a routine dental exam.

Crowder scheduled the case management conference for April 26 at 9 a.m.


Jane Doe, as a natural mother and next friend of Mary Doe, field the lawsuit on Sept. 13 against Dr. Kelli Blank.

According to the complaint, Mary Doe visited Blank for a routine dental exam on April 14, 2015, when she allegedly contracted the virus.

As a result, Mary Doe sustained serious injuries, causing her great pain, suffering, disability and embarrassment.

The plaintiff alleges Blank failed to ensure that all her equipment was free from contamination, failed to ensure that members of her staff were properly educated on sanitation practices and failed to exercise requisite standards of care in the treatment of her patient.

Jane Doe filed a motion to remove or redact a report by Dr. Charles Fuszner, which was accidentally filed with the minor’s name left on the report.

The plaintiff was granted leave to remove Fuszner report to be replaced with a redacted report.

Jane Doe seeks a judgment in excess of $50,000, and court costs.

The plaintiff is represented by John Hopkins of Alton.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 16-L-1287

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