Medico Legal Consideration

Risk Management of Temporomandibular Joint Therapy
  • Michael KowalskiEmail author


As is always the case, patient needs are the priority. Risk management involves implementing strategies for patient care. Risk management strategies reduce the possibility of an adverse outcome, injury, or loss. Good risk management improves the quality of patient care and decreases the probability of poor treatment results or a medical malpractice claim. Such strategies include identifying risks, minimizing those risks, and reducing the impact of injury or loss when untoward outcomes do occur.

The hazards of not preparing for potential treatment complications will have significant long-term effects. Neglecting to have a comprehensive risk management plan in place can compromise patient care, increase liability risks, result in financial losses, and bring about licensing board issues and even potential criminal charges. Many patient risks can be reduced by adequate training of doctors and staff and by encouraging strong communication among the staff members, doctor, and patient.
  • Identify the essential elements of a professional negligence claim and some defenses.

  • Comply with mandatory state and federal regulations.

  • Understand the duties, process, and benefits of obtaining informed consent and informed refusal.

  • Adequate record keeping including electronic records, ownership of records, patient access to data, and confidentiality laws.

  • When complications do occur, how to sympathetically handle them, the quality of the doctor-patient contact, and the protection of apology laws.

  • Avoid inadvertently creating liability with promises, warranties, and guarantees.


Risk management Law Temporomandibular disorders Negligence Liability 

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© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bradley, Curley, Barrabee & Kowalski, P.C.LarkspurUSA

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