Evolving database could make filing dental claims more difficult
The Dental Advocate, a new company in the dentistry community, announced the Ideal Charting for General Dentists (ICGD) system this month, a new subscription-based service for dental practitioners that will track, update and evolve with new data from malpractice cases.
The intention of the ICGD system is to protect dentists facing a malpractice suit or dental board case. It will provide the most up-to-date information about the procedure in question in order to build a better defense case on behalf of the dentist. This information may help the defendant win their case or secure a dismissal.
ICGD is purported to be the most sophisticated charting system of its kind, providing state-of-the-art charting templates and progress notes when a dentist has a claim filed against them. These progress notes, along with consent forms are often a defendant’s primary resource in a trial, and ICGD makes it easier than ever to compile the necessary information. The average dentist faces between three and five suits or dental board cases in their career, making ICGD a valuable tool.
What does this mean for dental patients? Winning a dental malpractice claim is about to become more difficult. Dentists will be armed with as much evidence as they need to justify their actions, or to prove that a mistake or injury was unavoidable.
This improved tracking and charting means that patients need to be equally prepared when filing a malpractice lawsuit. Simply proving that an injury occurred will not be enough, as the defendant can present patient consent forms and progress notes that may help prove that all actions taken were appropriate, even if an accident did occur.
An experienced attorney can help determine what went wrong during a dental procedure and, using this information, build a case that these mistakes were preventable and the result of negligence on the part of the dental practitioner. Proving fault on the part of the defendant, not just that an injury occurred, will be more critical than ever in dental malpractice cases.
The attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC encourage anyone who has been affected or harmed due to dental malpractice to contact them at their Baltimore offices. They provide legal representation on behalf of victims and their family members, and can help secure compensation for medical costs, lost income and mental anguish.