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Untreated Periodontal Disease, Loss of Teeth Results in $110,000 Jury Verdict for NY Prisoner

A New York prisoner who lost all his teeth due to inadequate treatment of periodontal disease, was awarded $110,000.

Mr. Singh, a New York prisoner, suffered from periodontal disease that prison officials failed to treat adequately. As a result, he lost all his teeth, and suffered bleeding, swelling, and abscesses.

Singh sued in state court, alleging that despite a dentist's recommendation for flap surgery and other treatment, no treatment was provided for several years. His disease became so severe that all his teeth had to be extracted. Defendants denied liability, claiming the proper standard of care was provided, flap surgery was not approved by Medicaid, and Sign's condition was due to poor dental hygiene. In January, 1997, a jury ruled in favor of Singh and awarded him $110,000. See: Singh v. New York, Case No 89882 (Unknown State Court)(1997 WL 223867).

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