Orthodontist Not Found Liable

Maclyman v. Firestone was a complex orthodontic malpractice case. The patient was in braces for twelve years and underwent three major orthognathic operations. Our client was a clinic orthodontist who was treating the patient as the first surgery collapsed into crossbite. A central issue was the nature of the relapse. Was it surgical? Or orthognathic? The case was won on that point. Surgical relapse is only correctable by surgery. The oral surgeon that operated all three times was not sued. He, however, was found 35% responsible for the many years of pain and suffering experienced by the patient. This matter was tried in Norwalk. The gross verdict amount was $345,000 against the co-defendants except for Mr. Wianecki’s client who obtained a defense verdict.