Most people don’t appreciate what facial pain is like. One person
who can is Priscilla Schmidt. She has filed a $3.7 million medical malpractice
lawsuit against Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and three
oral surgeons who worked on her and permanently damaged her mental nerve,
which affects the chin and jaw area.
In early 2012 Schmidt underwent what was explained to her as a routine
and simple surgery to extract a “baby” tooth that had never
come out. At the time of the surgery Schmidt was 32 years old. The surgeons
who operated on Schmidt were Philipp Kupfer, a first-year resident, and
Jeremiah Johnson, a student in the oral and maxillofacial surgery program
at OHSU. They were supposed to be supervised by OHSU oral surgeon Bob
Myall, but Schmidt’s lawsuit alleges there was inadequate supervision.
Following the surgery Schmidt suffered from extreme pain and felt numbness
and pain in her lower jaw and left cheek area. The pain failed to dissipate,
and after a month of pain her oral surgeons suggested she take Vitamin
B complex. An appointment with a different oral surgeon shortly after
revealed the permanent, irreversible damage caused to her mental nerve
by the surgery.
Schmidt is still in constant pain and is suing OHSU for $2.75 million in
non-economic damages, $900,000 in lost wage potential, and $75,000 for
medical purposes. She is represented by attorney James Huegli.