Dan Hodes is pursuing justice as lead counsel on behalf of dozens of families whose children were used to meet dental quotas and sickened by a deadly bacteria found in a dental clinic’s water system.

Parents of affected children joined a growing lawsuit against Children’s Dental Group in Anaheim as recently as Wednesday. There are currently 113 plaintiffs and a list of 15 charges against the now defunct dental chain, which primarily served low-income households. All of the children were Latino and on Medi-Cal.

The lawsuit has drawn media attention from news networks across California and into Mexico, including the OC Register, KNBC-NBC4 Los Angeles, ABC 7, Fox 11, Telemundo 52, La Opinion, KMEX Univision, MyNewsLA.

In some cases, the children suffered from bone loss and hospitalizations, requiring round-the-clock administration of antibiotics.

At a press conference on January 16th, Hodes stated that the dentists were pushed to carry out hundreds, if not thousands of needless dental operations on children ranging from two to now 11-years-old.

“This is predatory dentistry where dentists (received bonuses and incentives) to perform these unnecessary procedures,” he said.

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Lead Counsel Dan Hodes of Hodes Milman LLP speaks with the press on January 16, 2019. Photo: Aurelia Ventura, La Opinion.

 

Hodes explained that Children’s Dental Group willingly compromised the safety of up to 500 children in order to make company wide production quotas. The lawsuit also alleges negligence on behalf of the dental clinic for failing to properly sanitize and maintain their water lines.

The trial is set to begin January 2020.

Families who believe their children were impacted by the bacterial outbreak or excessive dental procedures at the clinic on East Lincoln Avenue in Anaheim are encouraged to contact the firm at (949) 640-8222 for more information.