$35M Award to 29 Washington Patients for Root Canals

August 5, 2013

More than two dozen Washington patients of a former Seattle-area dentist accused of performing hundreds of unnecessary root canals have been awarded $35 million in an arbitration proceeding.

Former King County Superior Court Judge Paris Kallas issued the award, finding that Henri Duyzend was negligent, failed to obtain informed consent from patients, committed fraud and violated the Washington Consumer Protection Act.

A sworn affidavit from Dr. David To said Duyzend performed nearly 2,200 root canals on about 500 patients in the five years before he retired in 2007. To purchased Duyzend’s practice and says a typical patient has fewer than two root canals.

Duyzend surrendered his license in 2010 after negotiations, agreeing to never practice dentistry in the state again.

According to reports more than 200 patients filed malpractice claims against the dentist but the arbitration award benefits a smaller group of 29 who declined to settle their claims.

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