Even Good Dentist Needs Dental Malpractice Insurance
A dentist in Illinois was sued, after the 92-year-old patient she was treating, swallowed a universal dental driver, that lodged in the patient’s stomach. The suit states that the patient had X-rays, a CT scan and two endoscopies at a local hospital, after leaving the dentist’s office. The instrument was removed, but the lawsuit continues.
The dentist has been in practice since 1979, without any disciplinary action ever taken against her, according to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
We understand how painful and traumatic the experience was for the patient, but also how painful and traumatic this experience is for the dentist. Even the best, most caring dentists get sued, and not always for as dramatic an event as a swallowed dental tool.
Being named in a lawsuit, even if it’s unfounded, can have a devastating effect on a dentist resulting in second-guessing, anxiety, and trepidation when working on subsequent patients.
More Complex Patients With High Expectations
Dentists are seeing more complex patients, with increased underlying medical problems. Dental visits to Emergency Rooms in the U.S. increased from 1.1 million in 2000 to 2.1 million in 2010. Those visits don’t just put a strain on ERs, they put a strain on dentists. Patients who put off care and present at a dentist’s office, only after other avenues have been exhausted, often have problems that should have been addressed much sooner. The unrealistic expectations that some patients have, after getting a “quick fix” at the ER, can lead to complaints and claims.
Having Dental Professional Liability Insurance is Like Having a Safety Net
One of the reasons we so strongly recommend that dentists have dental malpractice insurance, is that we know having a policy in place, can reduce the anxiety if a claim is made against you . Being able to turn your case over to a defense team that works to protect your interests, can relieve much of the stress and mitigate the damages of a potentially costly and livelihood-threatening lawsuit.
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