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New trial ordered for West Union dentist in malpractice case

The Iowa Court of Appeals has ordered a new trial for an eastern Iowa dentist in a malpractice lawsuit involving a wayward piece of equipment.  

Edward Franzen went to Doctor Alan Kruger’s office in West Union to have a tooth removed.  A drill bit flew off and went down Franzen’s throat as Kruger began the procedure The drill bit lodged in Franzen’s lung and he had to have part of the lung removed.

Franzen says the surgery left him with reduced lung capacity that made it tougher to do his work on the farm.  A jury awarded Franzen $400,000.

The Iowa Court of Appeals has reversed the decision and ordered a new trial — saying a survey used by an expert witness for Franzen should not have been allowed and likely influenced the jury’s decision.


Chris Berg

Chris was born in Webster City and raised in Charles City. As a young kid, he would always be caught singing along to songs on the radio. He says he's good at karaoke but we think otherwise. ;) In his free time, he enjoys beginning new projects at home and hardly ever finishing them. Chris lives in Charles City with his wife Vicki, daughter Brynlee and son Jaxon.
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