Objective: The objective of this study was to analyze cases of liability claims related to persistent altered sensation following endodontic treatments so as to characterize the medico-legal aspects of this complication. Study design: A comprehensive search of an Israeli professional liability insurance database was conducted to retrospectively identify and analyze cases of persistent altered sensation following endodontic treatment. Results: Sixteen claims of persistent altered sensation following endodontic treatments were identified and analyzed. The typical profile of a claim was a female patient who underwent an endodontic treatment at a second mandibular molar, which was associated with overfilling. A significant correlation between the tooth location and the suggested cause of nerve injury was found. None of the claims were reported by the practitioners, and all cases were identified as a result of the patient's demand for financial compensation, either directly or by legal actions. Conclusions: When a nerve injury is diagnosed, the treating practitioner should be encouraged to seek medical and legal assistance so as to prevent permanent damage and to enable a better medico-legal response.
|Titolo:||Medico-legal aspects of altered sensation following endodontic treatment : a retrospective case series|
|Parole Chiave:||Adult ; Aged ; Dental Implants ; Dentists ; Humans ; Insurance, Liability ; Israel ; Malpractice ; Middle Aged ; Molar ; Retrospective Studies ; Root Canal Irrigants ; Root Canal Obturation ; Root Canal Therapy ; Sensation Disorders ; Tooth Extraction ; Trigeminal Nerve Injuries ; Young Adult|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/28 - Malattie Odontostomatologiche|
|Data di pubblicazione:||lug-2011|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.tripleo.2011.01.007|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|