TULSA - A former patient of the Tulsa-area oral surgeon facing allegations of unsanitary and improper practices has filed suit, claiming medical negligence.
Christina Quin filed the paperwork Monday, "as a result of the care and treatment" provided by Dr. Scott Harrington, according to court documents.
The suit comes on the heals of an investigation into Harrington's Tulsa and Owasso clinics. Complaints filed by the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry call Harrington a "menace to the public health."
RELATED: 7,000 patients potentially exposed to hepatitis, HIV (http://bit.ly/dentistexposure)
Thousands of Harrington's patients were encouraged to get tested for hepatitis and HIV after the investigation found the improper sterilization of equipment or lack thereof, illegal administration of IVs by dental assistants and long-expired medication in an unlocked drug cabinet.
Before the investigation was revealed to the public, one patient of Harrington's had already tested positive for hepatitis C. The virus was traced back to the doctor's office.
Harrington and his staff have so far remained silent on the allegations and no criminal charges have been filed, though Susan Rogers, head of the state dental board, says her office is pushing for prosecutors to charge the oral surgeon.
Harrington is due in front of the dental board April 19.
LINK: Oklahoma Board of Dentistry's complaints against Dr. Scott Harrington (http://bit.ly/HarringtonDOCS)
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