Dental Professional Claim Report

In addition to making professional liability insurance available to dental practitioners through our carrier partnership, Dentist's Advantage is also a leading provider of risk management information.

Through the analysis of actual claims and data collected from our insureds, Dentist’s Advantage hopes this ground-breaking dental liability claim report and dentist work profile survey, provide dentists with the information necessary to help reduce their claim exposures while improving patient safety. To read the executive summary, click here.

Professional Liability in the Dental Practice: Lessons Learned from Closed ClaimsProfessional Liability in the Dental Practice: Lessons Learned from Closed Claims

This report provides statistical data and analysis on professional liability claims and license defense claims, along with selected samples from the 2013 Qualitative Dentist Work Profile Survey.

Highlights of the report include:

Professional Liability Claims: More than $29 million was paid in indemnity and expenses for 600 professional liability claims on behalf of dentists during the 5-year study period. An additional 872 claims closed successfully without an indemnity payment, at a cost of $5.1 million to defend.

License Defense Claims: While many complaints against dentists are closed with no action by a licensing board, there is still a cost to provide legal representation. Of the 368 license defense claims closed during the study period, 77.5% were managed with an expense less than $5,000.

Dentist Work Profile Survey: Among the key findings of a survey among 1,277 dentists was that the majority of dentists who experienced claims relied on handwritten records, while dentists who had not experienced a claim relied on electronic records or a combination of handwritten and electronic records.

Dentist's Advantage 2013 Qualitative Dentist Work Profile SurveyDentist's Advantage 2013 Qualitative Dentist Work Profile Survey

This report includes the complete results from the 2013 Qualitative Dentist Work Profile Survey among 1,277 Dentist's Advantage insureds. Selected highlights from the survey are included in Professional Liability in the Dental Practice: Lessons Learned from Closed Claims.

The survey compares dentists who reported having a professional liability or licensing defense claim with those who had not experienced a claim, to examine the relationship between risk exposure and a variety of demographic and workplace factors.

More than 50 topics are surveyed, including: age, gender, education, years' experience, documentation method and procedures performed.