TULSA - A Green Country dentist could face multiple lawsuits in the coming weeks. Dr. Scott Harrington is the focus of an investigation that raised concern among many patients and medical professionals.
"I think everyone just wants answers and has questions," said Attorney Clark Brewster.
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The oral surgeon may have exposed nearly 7,000 patients to blood borne illnesses such as HIV and hepatitis B and C.
Some Tulsa attorneys are already being flooded with calls seeking legal assistance. Brewster says if the doctor's actions were intentional that is already the basis of a very serious claim.
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"It's going to be a very sizeable amount of claims under serious circumstances for his group and that doctor," said Brewster.
Brewster advises any concerned residents to follow up with authorities and get all required testing. He also recommends patients to keep all records if a situation like this were to occur in the future.
"To understand more to protect themselves the first thing is to get a copy of their medical records," said Brewster.
Brewster says if people could show that they were a patient of Harrington and contacted an infectious disease from medical malpractice, they will have a serious case.
"If someone by being a patient there suffered an injury as a result of a departure from care or result of some contamination that caused them to be infected, they'll have a claim against the doctor," said Brewster
Brewster says he can not determine the amount of lawsuits to come, but predicted many lawsuits could be filed soon.