I beg to differ about the lucrativeness of dental malpractice. As more dentists are taking those weekend seminars to learn how to surgically implant screws in the jaw and maxilla, the more chances there is of MAJOR malpractice suits. That is not simple low-cost dentistry; actually, very little is nowadays. Oral surgeons charge anywhere from $300 to $75,000 for services, and insurance accepts the billings. Patients, however, may not tolerate the end results because they're totally effed up! The patient cannot eat, often cannot swallow; and the dental malpractice can exacerbate pre-existing medical conditions terribly. It costs, many times over $200k, just to fix dental negligence/error and dentists/oral surgeons of ONE procedure! should be paying for them, NOT the patients - half of whom are ill-informed if informed at all! And don't forget the misdiagnoses, disease undiagnosed but existing at treatment time, improper medications (contraindications), permanent nerve damage, lack of oversight on other illnesses/diseases the patient may have, and finally permanent disfigurement and death. As dentistry becomes more sophisticated yet its educational curve has not kept up, we have people getting seriously harmed, for life if not for years UNLESS lawyers start educating themselves about the very real damages that poor or outright bad dental care creates. These men and women who are doing the bad deeds? GOTTA PAY! We need better educated attorneys about dental malpractice. It IS worth megabucks to a) get everything repaired/fixed (IF it even can be!), b) repay the insurance company back from the original treatment(s), c) pay you and d) punish them at the licensing level in any state. We haven't even talked about pain, suffering, and all that! The ONLY way these people learn to stick to what they were taught in dental school and forget the fancy surgical techniques that NO ONE can learn in less than 12 hours of instruction is to sue their pants off! It's the ONLY thing that gets their bloody attention - just like doctors and hospitals! They fear NOTHING but ... losing money. Greed. Plain and simple. Hit'em where it hurts the most and they WILL straighten up their acts, or ... they'll move somewhere else and try again.
Shhot! I forgot about sinus prefs, caries left under crowns and fillings, overuse and abuse of antibiotics, ... the list is actually VERY long and if it involves any of those pre-existing medical conditions? Katy bar the door.