Oregon Court of Appeals Affirms Lingual Nerve Verdict

On Wednesday, June 25, 2008, the Oregon Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s ruling in Franco v Willamette Dental — basically upholding the verdict. The trial was two years ago during the summer of 2006 and involved damage to our client’s lingual nerve from wisdom tooth extraction. The court did not issue an opinion but issued an “AWOP” — affirmed without opinion. The insurance company for the defendant is Fortress Insurance, the dental branch of OMSNIC (the oral surgeon branch). After the verdict the highest offer made from Fortress to our client (over a year and a half after the verdict which runs at 9% interest) was less than half of the jury verdict. Fortunately, our client had the courage to stand up to the company and let the court decide.