Man sues dentist and Gentle Dental after doctor dropped sharp tool into his stomach during root canal

Man sues dentist and Gentle Dental after doctor dropped sharp tool into his stomach during root canal


Patient in dentist chair (illustration) 
By: Tanya Malhotra

(Scroll down for video) A man needed surgery to remove a sharp dental tool from his stomach after his dentist dropped it into his throat during a dental procedure, according to court documents in Illinois.

Janus Pawlowicz of Chicago, won $675,000 from his dentist, Dr. Beata Kozar-Warchalowska, and the dental clinic Gentle Dental, after Kozar-Warchalowska dropped the sharp tool during a root canal into Pawlowicz’s stomach.

The health department did not take any action against the dentist to the dental clinic. According to Pawlowicz, he went to his dentist for a routine dental surgery.

During surgery, Kozar-Warchalowska, realized that she needed a special tool for the procedure, but she couldn’t find it.

Pawlowicz was then sent home, and was told that he will receive a call when the dentist finds her tool. Four days later, Pawlowicz began suffering severe stomach pains, and he went to the hospital.

An X-ray showed that he had swallowed a dental tool, and it was lodged in his stomach. Surgeons removed the tool, but Pawlowicz said that he still has persistent problems because of the incident.


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