Dental malpractice is a serious issue that can have significant consequences for both patients and dental professionals. As a dentist or dental attorney, it is important to understand what constitutes dental malpractice, how to avoid it, and what to do if a malpractice claim is made against you. In this guide, we will provide an overview of dental malpractice and offer advice to help you navigate this complex area of law. This article is brought to you by the Cohen Law Firm, PLLC, a firm dedicated to representing dental professionals and patients in malpractice claims.
What is Dental Malpractice?Dental malpractice occurs when a dentist or dental professional provides care that falls below the standard of care expected of a reasonably prudent dental professional, resulting in harm to the patient. This harm can take many forms, including physical injury, emotional distress, financial loss, and even death. Examples of dental malpractice include, but are not limited to:
- Failure to diagnose or treat a dental condition
- Misdiagnosis of a dental condition
- Improper use of dental tools or equipment
- Anesthesia errors
- Infections or other complications resulting from dental procedures
- Failure to obtain informed consent from the patient