"I don't know how this man sleeps at night," woman says of Dr. Nabers
An amendment to a class-action lawsuit filed by three patients against dentist Clarence Nabers for
to diseases through improper sanitation and reuse of dental equipment.
The new lawsuit was filed by Gerald Witt on Thursday, Dec 19, with two other patients. Two additional patients have since joined in on the lawsuit.
The suit seeks $50 million in damages from Nabers, his practice and Tresa Nabers for the "negligent infliction of emotional distress and negligence caused by Defendants; systematic failure to properly sterilize dental instruments, reusing single-use dental tools... and exposing Plaintiffs to numerous infectious diseases."
Patient Robyn Conrad explained how she believes Nabers' practice was doing far from the right thing in regard to cleanliness and basic health precautions.
"Being pregnant about to deliver a child and now I have to think about these illnesses that I never thought I would question not only that but I have to think about if I infected my husband or my daughter that's here it's just insane," said Conrad.
Conrad said she underwent testing for HIV and Hepatitis and her results came back clean.
In a statement to WVLT, Nabers said letters aren't legally required, instead, he's choosing to send them because safety is his priority.
"It's just crazy to me that he's still able to even be in the community at all it's crazy that I'm even getting texts from this office letting me schedule they need to be shut down he needs jail time for sure," said Conrad.
On Tuesday, the Knoxville-based dentist sent a letter to patients encouraging them to get tested for HIV and hepatitis B and C after the state board determined the office had been using improper sanitation methods.
The letter came several months after Nabers' license had been suspended by the state due to a host of violations.
The attorneys associated with the case are Troy Bowlin and Mark Stephens. To contact these attorneys visit their
Nabers' office provided WVLT News with a statement that said, "Although my attorney did not believe the facts, or the law, required individual notices, I chose to do so to eliminate any risk to each and every one of my patients. I mean it when I say patient safety is our priority."
Nabers faces a separate lawsuit from a former employee who claimed she was terminated after she was asked and refused to do work that did not comply with state regulations.