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Brownstown Woman Awarded $750K By Monroe Co. Jury
Updated November 23, 2016 1:26 PM
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(BLOOMINGTON) - A Brownstown woman who sued a Bloomington denture clinic and dentist, charging negligence in her medical care, has been awarded $750,000 by a Monroe County Circuit Court jury after a weeklong trial.

The six jurors in Judge Frances Hill's court deliberated for two hours Friday evening before making a decision, and also awarded her husband $75,000 for lost wages, suffering and loss of consortium.

The heart of the case: an undiagnosed dislocated jaw.

The lawsuit was filed by Mike and Virginia Rudolph in December 2013 was against Affordable Dentures Bloomington PC and Dr. James Goodpaster.

Virginia had 9 teeth extracted and her and a jaw dislocation -- was on Nov. 18, 2011. The case generated seven 3-inch-thick binders full of pictures and documents that were entered into evidence.

The Herald Times reports, Exhibit No. 20 was a plastic food storage container with a pair of dentures inside that 69-year-old Virginia Rudolph wore for seven weeks with her mouth wired shut.

Attorney Roger Pardieck of Seymour says Rudolph's teeth were removed in preparation for dentures, her jaw was dislocated and that the injury went undiagnosed for months until the woman saw another dentist. Affordable Dentures' dentist Goodpaster saw his client numerous times, and made two sets of dentures for her, but did not notice or address her injury.

He attorney said his client could wear upper dentures but not lower ones, and for five years has been on a liquid and mashed food diet because of her inability to chew.

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