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.
Dentists could potentially find themselves facing liability claims from patients who allege they contracted COVID-19 while receiving treatment at a dentist's office, but whether that lawsuit will be successful is another question.
A recent New York Times column reports on a growing body of research shows that physician burnout and depression are linked to medical errors and that nearly half of physicians experience burnout at some point.
While there’s no getting around the intense emotions involved in being sued, a solid support system makes a big difference. This includes not only family, friends and colleagues but also skilled legal counsel.