More than two dozen patients of a former Seattle-area dentist accused of performing hundreds of unnecessary root canals have been awarded $35 million in an arbitration proceeding.
The Seattle Times reports that a judge found that Henri Duyzend (DYE-zund) was negligent, failed to obtain informed consent from patients, committed fraud and violated the Washington Consumer Protection Act.
Former King County Superior Court Judge Paris Kallas made the award Wednesday.
A sworn affidavit from Dr. David To said Duyzend performed nearly 2,200 root canals on about 500 patients in the five years before he retired in 2007. To purchased Duyzend's practice and says a typical patient has fewer than two root canals.
State Health Department spokesman Donn Moyer says his agency has received 76 complaints.
Both The Times and KING-TV said calls for comment to Duyzend and his lawyer were not returned. An Associated Press call to his home was not returned Wednesday night. Court documents show that in 2012 he denied any wrongdoing.