A California dentist who sued the state over a dental procedure says he’s looking for an “independent arbitrator” to rule on the matter.
By The Associated PressFebruary 28, 2018 7:22:40An Arizona dentist who says he is seeking an “Independent Arbitrator” has filed a lawsuit against the state of Arizona and its Board of Dentists, accusing the state’s Board of Dental Examiners of mischaracterizing his claims of anesthetic injuries in his teeth.
Attorney Paul Nevin, who filed the lawsuit on behalf of Dr. Kevin Luehrs, said in a statement Wednesday that the board is “ignoring the facts” and that its actions are a violation of the American Medical Association’s standards for the practice of dentistry.
The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Tucson.
Nevin, a member of the state Board of Medical Examinists, filed the complaint Tuesday on behalf, along with a lawyer, in the case of Dr., Kevin Lueders, who is also a member.
Luehers’ lawyers say the claims were made in a letter sent to the board on February 14 and that the lawsuit was sent to them to investigate.
The lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages.
Dr. LueHers is a dentist in Phoenix, Arizona.
He is a member the American Dental Association, the American Board of Osteopathic Medicine, the Arizona Dental Society and the American Association of Dentists.
The American Dampening Association, in a joint statement, said it would review the suit.
In the letter, Luehs’ lawyers said the board’s actions were a violation “of the American College of Surgeons” standards of conduct for its members, as well as the standards for dental physicians in the state.
The letter said the American Osteopathy Association, American Drapers, the Dental Academy of America and the Drapings have already taken action to address the situation.
Niven said in the statement that Luehr’s lawyers had “made their position abundantly clear” and urged the state to address this matter in a way that is fair, just and respectful.
The board’s action “is a blatant attempt to silence Dr. Lueder, the plaintiff, and is an egregious attack on his rights as a member,” he said.
Lueshers is represented by attorney Kevin B. Schreiber of Tucson, Arizona, the lawyer said.
Schreiber did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.
Lucehrs said in his complaint that he had been receiving “thousands of letters, emails and phone calls” since he began reporting his injuries in early March.
He also alleged that he received death threats from people who “believe that they will hurt Dr. Leuchner, their friends, their families and other members of the general public.”
Nevin said the lawsuit is a continuation of the harassment and intimidation he has faced since he filed his lawsuit.
He said his wife, a former state employee, had been harassed and threatened by people who did not believe she had a right to a private injury claim.
“This lawsuit is not about Dr. Nevin’s personal injury claims; it is about the Board of Health’s abuse of its power to censor the public and punish Dr.
Nigel,” Nevin said.
Nettle said he has filed lawsuits before in Arizona, including one against a dentist who tried to get a doctor to stop performing a dental implant surgery.
The American Medical Society for Dental Surgery said in its position statement that it will investigate the complaint.
“The medical community is committed to protecting the rights of its members to file claims for injuries, illnesses and medical conditions that are not covered by insurance,” the statement said.
“The medical profession cannot tolerate intimidation, harassment and harassment of its member doctors.
Medical practitioners should not be forced to silence their patients in a bid to protect their careers.”