Risk management should be an integral component of dental practice. Establishing reliable policies and procedures in dental practices is vital for dentists to enhance patient safety and reduce the risk of exposure to claims of negligence. There are many strategies dentists can implement, but here are three which we consider to be the most important.
The single most important factor in successfully defending a lawsuit or protecting a dentist from liability is good recordkeeping by the dentist. Legal concerns aside, good dental records also improve the quality and consistency of patient care.
Obtaining informed consent creates a legal doctrine that protects you as the dentist while also protecting patients' rights. Here, we answer questions our policyholders ask most frequently about the process.
Natural or manmade disasters and building malfunctions can befall a dentist’s office, resulting in the partial or complete destruction of dental records. These catastrophes do not, by themselves, automatically absolve a dentist from the responsibility to maintain patient records.