One thing that every business owner dreads is someone taking legal action against them, and it is a fact that dentists are not immune from this happening to them. A business can be taken to court for all sorts of reasons, and whilst some claims may be spurious and thrown out before they ever see the inside of a courtroom, many others are genuine and must be handled correctly.
For any dentists who may have been given notice that they or their dental business is subject to a legal claim, the one thing that must be avoided is to panic. Being sued or taken court is not something that happens to someone every day, and when it does occur it can come as a complete shock. However, getting stressed and panicking is not how to solve the problem.
As for why any business, and particularly dentists might have legal action taken against them, there are several reasons:
- Non-payment of due bills and debts
- Breach of contract
- Misleading patients or other businesses
- Infringement of intellectual property rights
- Employees claiming discrimination or unfair/unlawful dismissal
- Professional negligence
- Public liability