Clinical Issues | Dental Professional Liability Insurance | Professional Protector Plan for Dentists

All posts in Clinical Issues

An Informed Consent Primer

During our dental risk management seminars, we often see exasperated looks on dentists’ faces when the topic turns to informed consent. Their faces seem to ask why they should bother to use valuable chair time to talk about the proposed treatment or ask for an acknowledging signature. After all, they’ve practiced their entire careers without incident, without ever formalizing the informed consent process or using a written consent document. 
Read More…

Top

Claims Alleging Treatment of the Wrong Tooth

Wrong tooth” allegations have long been a source of dental malpractice claims. Fortunately, dentists’ risk management efforts have decreased the frequency of these claims from what they once represented fifteen years ago. Treatment of the wrong tooth is one of the more preventable causes of malpractice claims. The risks can be managed through careful attention to clinical needs, documentation, patient consent and communication between the primary and referral dentist. 
Read More…

Top

Determining the Standard of Care

The dental standard of care is a moving target, changing as techniques and procedures evolve. This article looks at how the standard of care is established in court and how dentists can stay current. Standard of care is at the heart of dental malpractice claims and lawsuits. Some states require that an expert dental witness certify that there is a reasonable and meritorious cause for filing a lawsuit. The expert dental witness bases this decision on whether or not the standard of care has been followed. The following questions and answers examine some of the issues surrounding this key concept. 
Read More…

Top

From the Claim Files of CNA HealthPro: Missed Cancer Diagnosis

We present a malpractice case history to educate readers about the risks faced by practitioners and the process of claims resolution. The patient, who had a history of sinusitis and nasal congestion, complained of right-side facial pain and swelling. After examining the area, Dr. X, a general dentist, told her the swelling she felt was an underlying bony projection. 
Read More…

Top

Manage Your Endodontic Risks

Few areas of dentistry have seen as many changes in recent years as the field of endodontics. Many dentists find today’s endodontic teachings and techniques very different from what they learned in dental school. It used to be the cardinal rule of endodontics to never, ever put a rotary instrument in a canal. Yet many dentists, even endodontists, now openly embrace rotary techniques for cleaning and shaping canals. 
Read More…

Top

Managing After-Hours Patient Calls

Dentists often receive phone calls away from the office, when they lack access to patient files. That’s when dentists most need a form to organize information and prompt the necessary questions. If problems develop afterward, a terse, cryptic note written on a scrap of paper will not impress a jury. It might even suggest that the dentists did not take a proper history or convey necessary information to the patient. 
Read More…

Top

Managing Implant Risks

Dental claims related to implants often have a high degree of severity. Careful patient selection, thorough case planning and sound clinical technique can minimize the risk to your patients and to yourself.
Read More…

Top
1 2 3 Page 1 of 3