Complying With the Standard of Care in Dentistry
Posted on: March 6, 2015 by Javier iSure
Did you know that today, March 6th, is National Dentist’s Day? This unofficial holiday was created as a day set aside to say “Thank You” and show appreciation to dentists. It goes without saying that without dentists, Americans wouldn’t have the exceptional oral health they’ve afforded, let alone straight teeth. With this heavy reliance on dentists for maintaining and improving oral health, comes Miami Dental Malpractice Risks.
In order to sue for dental or medical malpractice, a patient must be able to prove to a judge or jury that they suffered an injury as the result of your provision of sub-standard care. Although there may have been no negligence presence, dentists of all type can be faced with this type of legal claim, and can find themselves paying hefty legal fees in addition to any costs incurred due to damages or awards to the plaintiff.
Dentists have a legal duty to comply with the standard of care in treating patients; the level at which an average dentist, with a typical educational background and geographic location as their dental peers, would administer care under the same or similar circumstances. It’s important to note that a dentist on the West coast would not be held to the same standard of care as one in Miami.
Regardless of location though, if you fail in your duty to comply with your local standard of care and a patient injury occurs as a result, you could very well find yourself facing a dental malpractice claim due to a breach of duty. What types of damages are typically seen in these types of cases? There can be physical damages; nerve damage, broken teeth, or financial damages; costs associated with correcting the dentist’s mistakes. There could even be non-economic damages awarded such as claims of emotional harm.
At iSure Insurance Brokers, we understand the unique risks faced by those in the dental industry. Members of the healthcare industry throughout Greater Miami and the surrounding areas have turned to us for over 30 years for consultations in our area of specialty: reliable, creative approaches to insurance and Miami Risk Management. For more information, please contact us today at (855) 381-6123.