Risk Management for Dentists: Mock Arbitration

  • Thursday 1/26/2023
  • Time: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Course Code: 141TL
  • Cost: $75
  • Room Location: BCEC Room 106
  • Credits: 2 CE Hours
Vincent Dunn, Esq, JD has over twenty-five years of diverse trial experience in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He concentrates his practice on healthcare professionals and institutions in civil, criminal and administrative matters. He routinely appears in the state and federal courts, before Boards of Professional License Registration, and at regulatory and credentialing hearings and investigations. He lectures widely on risk management, regulatory compliance, administrative procedure and professional licensing issues.
Doug Kalata, is the Claims Manager at Eastern Dentists Insurance Company (EDIC). He has been in the medical malpractice field as a defense attorney and insurance representative since 1997. Douglas graduated from Boston College Law School in 1996 and obtained his MBA from Suffolk University in 2008
Andrew Lawendowski, JD is an attorney in the Worcester office of the law firm of Morrison Mahoney LLP. His practice concentrates in the areas of medical malpractice, dental malpractice, professional liability and general liability. For over 18 years, he has represented dentists in civil matters, as well as before the Board of Registration in Dentistry. As for dental-legal issues, he has also co-authored articles that have been published in dental-related journals and has presented on the topic.
Katherine Panikian, Esq is the Risk Manager and Chief Risk Officer at Eastern Dentists Insurance Company (EDIC). She is a licensed attorney in Massachusetts and Maryland and has achieved the Associate in Risk Management (ARM) certification and Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation from The Institutes.

This interactive mock arbitration will take a close look at an actual lawsuit brought by a patient against a dentist. It will demonstrate the various steps and processes in a dental malpractice case. Participants will view the evidence, hear the witnesses and experts, listen to attorney arguments, and render a mock verdict following the presentation. The attorneys will then share the actual results of the arbitration. This course will illustrate issues of importance for all dentists, including accurate recordkeeping, the standard of care, ethics, and professional obligations.

After this course attendees will be able to:
  • Understand what constitutes the proper standard of care 
  • Explain why documentation is so crucial to risk management and litigation defense
  • Determine how risk management principles can make patient care safer
  • Examine how errors in recordkeeping can impact clinical care and liability outcomes
  • Understand the ethical principles and professional obligations in dentistry
  • Discuss the judicial process for a dental malpractice arbitration
  • Summarize the legal elements of the tort of dental malpractice
Recommended Audience: Dentist