Lawsuits Piling Up Against Tulsa Dentist Accused Of Spreading Diseases


Wednesday, November 13th 2013, 10:23 pm
By: Tess Maune


The lawsuits are mounting against a Green Country dentist accused of exposing thousands of patients to diseases. Two new suits were filed against Dr. Scott Harrington this month.

The health department has confirmed 90 of Harrington's patients tested positive for hepatitis C, six for hepatitis B and for HIV.

Harrington's practices in Tulsa and Owasso have been locked up tight since March. The State Dentistry board said Harrington was using unsafe and unsanitary practices. He's now facing a number lawsuits by patients, who say the dirty practice left them with a potentially deadly disease.

"To think that it's happening in Tulsa, Oklahoma, it just boggles my mind," said Attorney Paul Boudreaux.

Boudreaux is representing five former patients of Dr. Scott Harrington.

9/18/2013 Related Story: Attorney Says Client Contracted Hepatitis C At Dentist Harrington's Office

The most recent case was filed on behalf of a Mannford man who went to Harrington to have 14 teeth extracted last December.

"Now his life is probably shortened, now he can look forward to significant health problems and treatment as a result of contracting hepatitis C, because he went to the dentist," Boudreaux said.

The attorney said the Tulsa Health Department told his client in April that he'd tested positive for the disease. He said the man is so ashamed by the diagnosis, he didn't want to go on camera.

"He's obviously devastated, as is his wife," Boudreaux said.

In September, the health department confirmed genetic tests by the CDC proved one of Harrington's patients transmitted hepatitis C to another patient. But a spokesperson with the state's health department told us Wednesday that only a select few of the positive results were sent to the CDC--those who met specific criteria, like having no other risk factors and matching the right time frame.

Boudreaux said his client lives a clean lifestyle.

6/18/2013 Related Story: More Lawsuits Filed Against Tulsa Dentist Scott Harrington

"He's a very healthy individual. He practices martial arts, he's a married man," he said.

Boudreaux said his client's DNA was not sent to the CDC, but he said the only place the man could have contracted the disease was in the dentist's chair.

"I certainly don't know of any indication, other than going to this dentist and having 14 teeth extracted by no telling what equipment," the attorney said.

The health department said it's unlikely any more results will be sent to the CDC.

Boudreaux said he has a team of experts examining his cases and said it's possible his clients will look into private genetic testing.