Unit 4: Administrative Operations
Administrative Operations

Section 3. Liability Protection

Common Risk-Management Issues

There are a number of issues that are not unique to safety net dental clinics but are common. The most common accusations of malpractice are related to:

  • Lack of informed consent
  • Failure to diagnose
  • Lack of a thorough exam
  • Failure to follow up on emergencies
  • Treatment of the wrong tooth
  • Surgical complications
  • Removable prosthetics
  • Lack of or inadequate treatment plan
  • Incomplete treatment
  • Inappropriate procedures