A Virginia lawyer who represented a dentist who suffered a botched dental procedure has said that he expects the case to be settled.
Nathan Dix said on Tuesday that the dentist will be paid the $1.5 million in medical malpractice compensation he will be entitled to under a settlement with the state.
The attorney, who is also a former Virginia governor, said the state will settle the case with the dentist because he was not acting in the dentist’s best interest and that he could have saved his own life.
Dix has been representing Virginia dentist James Loeber in a lawsuit that accused him of failing to properly diagnose a patient with severe dental decay and failing to prevent the patient’s death.
Loeber was convicted of felony manslaughter in February, but was released on parole last year and is currently working as a private dentist in Florida.
He has not been charged with a crime.
Dignity attorney and former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell said on Twitter that Loebers “will be vindicated”.
“Dental malformations have been linked to more than 300,000 deaths worldwide, and the US is one of the most dangerous countries for dental care,” he said.DIX, a partner at Hogan Lovells, represented Loebels defense team.
“The state has agreed to a settlement agreement with Mr Loebert that will resolve all claims of negligence against Mr Loes attorney,” Dix’s statement said.
“This settlement will ensure that all parties will be held accountable for the negligence of Dr Loebeber, and will also provide relief for the families of all of the victims of Dr. Loebs negligence.”‘
No reasonable explanation’The lawsuit was filed in September, and is believed to be the first malpractice settlement involving Loeby.
The case involved a procedure performed in the fall of 2015 at the offices of Loeblers dental practice in Newport News, Virginia.
Loes attorney, John Kornberg, said in a statement that the state “is pleased to have reached a settlement and to be able to turn the chapter on this painful and costly litigation.”
Loebs lawyer, James Luebbers, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.