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Official Journal of the Italian Society of Odontostomatology and Maxillofacial Surgery
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Minerva Stomatologica 2011 April;60(4):179-93

language: English, Italian

Epidemiology of dental professional liability

Montagna F. 1, Cortesini C. 2, Manca R. 3, Montagna L. 4, Piras A. 4, Manfredini D. 5

1 SIOLA, Società Italiana Odontoiatria Legale e Assicurativa, Verona, Italy;
2 CAO, Rome, Italy;
3 Private practictioner, Rome, Italy;
4 Graduate School of Ortodontics, University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy;
5 University of Padua, Padua, Italy


The aim of this article is to collect data relating to dental professional liability in Italy and provide a common platform for discussions among clinicians, legal medicine practitioners, and experts in law. On the basis of two different dental-legal statistical samples (1,670 reports of legal dental experts and 320 civil court decisions) we analyzed the dental professional liability lawsuit in the areas of distribution of lawsuits among the different dental specialties, recurrence and type of errors, outcome of civil suits, parameters of compensation. Some ideas are also proposed for possible strategies in the management of clinical risk (prevention of errors) and court proceedings.

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