It’s vital to protect yourself against potential dental malpractice claims by having the proper coverage in place before any future incident. However, to avoid such claims, it’s essential to understand what factors historically lead to high damage awards on behalf of the claimant. Knowing how to protect yourself and your practice, not only maintains your good name but also saves you money and financial strain or hardship.
Actions to Avoid
There are things to be aware of now so that you can avoid claims in the future. Most malpractice claims can be easily avoided with consistent precision and care for every patient. Historically many malpractice claims involve but are not limited to the following items:
- Failure to diagnose or treat illness, dysfunction, or disease
- Missing patient referrals for specialist care
- Incomplete paperwork for informed consent
- Pulling or performing work on the wrong tooth
Taking the Right Steps
Even when you take the proper precautions to protect your practice from malpractice claims, some will still be approved. Yet, dental malpractice insurance can save you from potential financial ruin or hardship. With sufficient coverage, you can protect your practice from the cost associated with attorney fees, court costs, and other settlements that could harm the success of your business. It’s also essential to monitor your practice and perform regular audits to ensure everyone is following best practices.