Man alleges tooth infection went undiagnosed

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 4, 2019

BENTON —A man is suing a dentist, alleging that his wisdom tooth infection was not diagnosed in a timely manner and caused complications.

Jeffrey Yates filed a complaint on April 1 in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Illinois against Dr. Grusen and Jonathan Gatheree, alleging medical negligence and violation of constitutional rights.

According to the complaint, Yates alleges he was an inmate at the Illinois Department of Corrections when he began complaining to the resident dentist of pain and swelling near his wisdom tooth. Grusen allegedly insisted that the condition of his tooth was fine. 

Then on Aug. 7, 2018, Yates saw a dental surgeon to have the tooth extracted. The surgeon allegedly found an infection that required aggressive surgical procedures. Yates was prescribed medication for the infection, pain and swelling. 

However, the swelling allegedly spread over the entire left side of his face, making it impossible for him to eat. The dental surgeon found that the infection had spread to one of his molar teeth. The plaintiff had to have his molar tooth extracted. He claims he suffered additional pain and bleeding for two years. 

The plaintiff is seeking trial by jury and monetary damages sufficient to his pain and suffering in the form of compensatory and punitive damages. The plaintiff is representing himself pro se.

U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Illinois Case number 19-362-SMY

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