Can dentist perform dental treatment without patient consent form? Can dentist touch and pressure patients into treatments?

Asked almost 2 years ago - Los Angeles, CA

dentist fitted fixed brace over my infected tooth without persmission. My emails and mobile conversations confirm he was aware of the problems with earlier root canal tooth 19. He had taken previous xrays, but, he ignored in favour of fitting appliance. Within 3 weeks tooth 19 infected. Dentist by way of apology promised to amend and make good - but, in stead i was threatened with arrest. When i complained about new fees $6k. I had to have emergancy extraction tooth 19 with another dentist. I now have offer of refund $3,600 - but, his lawyer insist i sign a patient release form.

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  1. Adrienne Patricia Allen

    Contributor Level 15


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    Answered . Th answer is no. A dentist cannot perform services and charge you for them without your consent. You may have a dental malpractice case and you should consult with a medical malpractice attorney before signing anything, as my colleague has stated. Good luck!

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  2. Albert Lee Crosner

    Contributor Level 19


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    Answered . I would recommend that you contact a dental malpractice attorney to discuss your claim with. Find one in your local area right away and in the mean time, do not sign any patient release form or you will lose all of your rights to any further award. Good luck

    The above is general legal and business analysis. It is not intended nor construed to be "legal advice" but rather... more
  3. Christian K. Lassen II


    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . No, contact a local dental malpractice lawyer to investigate.

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  4. Chris Matthew Limberopoulos

    Contributor Level 16


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    Answered . See a lawyer before you sign anything.

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