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Another Favorable Verdict for Partners, Mike Thomas and Chad Hess

Authored by: Pennington PA

On June 23, 2017, Michael J. Thomas and Chad B. Hess, Shareholders in the Tallahassee, Florida, office of Pennington, P.A., received a defense verdict in a complex oral surgery medical malpractice case, following a week-long jury trial in Delores Goslin v. David Woods, D.D.S., M.D., et. al., in the Fourth Judicial Circuit, in and for Duval County, Florida.

The Plaintiff alleged that Dr. Woods fell below the applicable standard of care for an oral & maxillofacial surgeon during the extraction of tooth #31, and placement of a dental implant. Plaintiff alleged that Dr. Woods caused direct injury to the inferior alveolar nerve (“IAN”), causing the Plaintiff to experience permanent pain, dysesthesia, loss of taste, numbness, and burning sensation. The Defense expertly showed that any injury caused to the Plaintiff’s IAN was not the result of Dr. Woods violating the IAN canal, but rather due to indirect compression – a known risk and recognized complication of placing a dental implant. The Defense was also able to skillfully portray Dr. Woods to the jury as a caring, compassionate, and knowledgeable physician, who went to great lengths to provide exceptional care to the Plaintiff.

This complex case was litigated for over two (2) years, and involved thousands of pages of medical records, and the testimony of numerous witnesses and treating physicians, as well as experts in the field of oral & maxillofacial surgery. At the conclusion of the week-long trial, the jury found that Dr. Woods was not negligent in his care and treatment of the Plaintiff, returning a full defense verdict in favor of Dr. Woods and North Florida Oral & Facial Surgery, P.A.

Michael J. Thomas is licensed to practice law in Florida and Georgia, and has been admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia, and the Supreme Court of the United States.    He is a member of Pennington’s Insurance Defense, Medical Malpractice Defense, Products Liability and Toxic Torts and Employment Law Practice Groups. 

Chad Hess is admitted to practice in all Florida and South Carolina state courts as well as the United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida and the District of South Carolina.  He is a member of Pennington’s Insurance Defense, Medical Malpractice Defense, Products Liability and Toxic Torts and Business Transaction and Litigation Practice Groups.