The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way medical professionals such as dentists have conducted business, as well as the methods they use to communicate with their patients. In light of leaders like California Governor Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home orders, almost all dental offices have decided to postpone routine care until the order is lifted, though dental emergencies are still being treated.
Although patients may not be able to see their dentists in person regularly, dentists still have a responsibility to be available to their patients during this pandemic. Today, the form of dental malpractice that patients are most vulnerable to is patient abandonment. Patient abandonment occurs when medical professionals end a doctor-patient relationship without reasonable notice when a patient still needs their help. Patient abandonment even extends to actions such as failing to respond to a patient’s messages within a reasonable time period, failing to follow up with patients after a procedure, and failing to communicate treatment options to a patient.
It may be more difficult to communicate with patients during this day and age, but tending to your patient’s needs is still necessary and right for all medical professionals, including dentists. If you believe you are a victim of patient abandonment or any other form of dental malpractice and you need a dental malpractice attorney in Los Angeles, contact Attorney Dane Levy at the Levy Law Firm. His dental school education and many years of experience in dental litigation have helped him win millions of dollars in court on behalf of his clients. Hire his award-winning services today!