A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed after a 20-year-old high school graduate suffered brain damage during a 2009 dental procedure in Lawrence, Kan. The lawsuit was filed in 2010 on behalf of Austin Stone by his guardians alleging oxygen and nitrous oxide lines were crossed during the design and construction of a new dental office. Stone had visited the office to get four wisdom teeth removed by the dentist, an oral surgeon, on March 30, 2009. Stone, who was in a coma after the incident, is now legally blind and has other health issues.
In January, a judge approved a $3 million settlement in the case between Stone’s family and Action Plumbing Inc. of Lawrence. The plumbing company installed medical gas lines at the new office. The amount of this settlement with the dental office, which was reached during mediation, was confidential under the agreement. The City of Lawrence was included as a Defendant because inspectors should have caught the switch in the lines. Other than the city and the dentist, other Defendants were Patterson Dental Supply Inc. of Topeka; Blanchard Design Group LLC of Lawrence, the project’s architect; general contractor Design Build Collaborative LLC of Lawrence; and mechanical engineers Hoss & Brown Inc. of Lawrence.
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