Settlement Reached in Nitrous Oxide Brain Damage Lawsuit

Settlement reached in nitrous oxide brain damage suitThe family of a 20-year-old Kansas man who suffered severe injuries during a wisdom tooth extraction has settled its personal injury lawsuit with one of the defendants for $3 million.

Action Plumbing was accused by the family of improperly installing gas lines in the building where Austin Stone had four wisdom teeth extracted in 2009, the Basehor Sentinel reports.

As a result of the crossing of the lines, Stone received a high dose of pure nitrous oxide instead of oxygen while his dentist was trying to sedate him, the personal injury lawsuit states. Stone allegedly stopped breathing and was later diagnosed with brain damage due to oxygen deprivation. According to his family, he is now legally blind due to the incident, and still suffers from neurological problems. 

Action Plumbing agreed to the settlement without admitting liability for the allegedly crossed gas lines, the news source reports. Other defendants with which litigation is still ongoing include an architect, a contractor, mechanical engineers and the city of Lawrence, which allegedly should have detected the line crossing during an inspection. 

A recent study conducted by doctors at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Australia found that patients exposed to nitrous oxide during surgery or dental procedures have a higher risk of suffering a heart attack in following years, EMax Health reports.