Harris County woman seeks $200,000 from dentist over alleged punctured sinus

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Nov 15, 2018

HOUSTON – A Harris County woman alleges a dentist punctured her sinus during a procedure and she needed further surgeries and treatments.

Allison Ripley filed a complaint on Oct. 24 in the Harris County District Court against Mauricio Ceballos, DDS, et al. alleging negligence and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Oct. 27, and Nov. 4, 2016, Ceballos performed two root canals on plaintiff's tooth No. 3. On Dec. 5, 2016, the suit states Ceballos performed apicoectomy surgery on the same tooth. The suit states during the apicoectomy surgery, Ceballos punctured the plaintiff's sinus and did not diagnose or treat it.

The suit states the plaintiff's pain persisted after the tooth was extracted by a different dentist in December 2016, so she saw a surgeon. The plaintiff alleges the surgeon found a foreign object above the extraction site and treated the infection.

The plaintiff holds Ceballos et al. responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to properly perform the root canal and apicoectomy procedures and failed to monitor and prescribe proper health care treatment and medication.

The plaintiff seeks monetary relief of more than $200,000 but less than $1 million and such other and further relief to which she may be justly entitled. She is represented by David K. Mestemaker, Norman Straub, Jonathan B. Zumwalt and Codi Kraus of Mestemaker & Straub in Houston.

Harris County District Court case number 2018-77085

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