Dentists and Dental Practices

Chapman Law Group represents dentists, dental hygienists, dental labs, and dental radiographers throughout Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Idaho, and Colorado. We assist dental professionals with matters including:

  • Disciplinary actions: suspension, revocation, restrictions, administrative complaints, Board of Dentistry and ALJ hearings, investigations, appeals, modifications, etc.
  • Licensure issues: denials, renewals issues, difficulty obtaining a license, reporting convictions, etc.
  • DEA: application, renewal issues, show cause orders, DEA inspections, enforcement actions (administrative and criminal), etc.
  • Professional liability: dental malpractice
  • Credentialing: credentialing denials and revocations, NPDB issues, OIG exclusion, etc.
  • Employment issues: employment contract review, termination, harassment claims, disciplinary action, retaliation, employment disputes, etc.
  • Business: business formation and acquisition, purchase and sales agreements, employment contracts, clinic and lab permitting and licensing, accreditation, CMS and Medicaid participation, regulatory compliance, reimbursement issues, business and employment disputes, etc.
  • Criminal defense: fraud, drug related charges, diversion, DUI, assault, etc.

Licensure and Disciplinary Action

The disciplinary process is generally initiated because of a patient complaint made to the state. Every year, the Department receives hundreds of patient complaints against dentists. The Department conducts investigations into the patient complaints. In approximately one-third of the complaints, the Department finds sufficient cause to move forward with formal disciplinary action. Unfortunately, many dentists do not retain legal counsel to assist during disciplinary proceedings. This often results in a fine ($1,000 to $5,000), costs ($3,000 to $4,000), and a mark on the dentist’s license. Any negative disciplinary action against a dentists’ license can have a long-term effect on employment, credentialing, other licenses, and reputation. Therefore, dentists should fight to avoid sanctions against their license. Often, our dental lawyers can resolve disciplinary action for similar cost and blemishes on dentist’s record.

Dentists may be subject to discipline for:

  • Incompetence and negligence;
  • Impairment;
  • Disciplinary action in another state;
  • Criminal conviction of crime related to practice, fraud, or controlled substances;
  • Improper prescribing (self-prescribing, prescribing other than in the course of the professional practice, or prescribing a Schedule II amphetamine or sympathomimetic amine drug);
  • Failing to report conviction;
  • Unlicensed practice of dentistry;
  • Improper delegation of professional responsibilities;
  • Sexual misconduct;
  • Recordkeeping violations (patient and controlled substance records);
  • Advertising violations;
  • Fraud;
  • Clinic violations (cleanliness and radiation safeguards);
  • Being found guilty of dental malpractice; and
  • Testing positive for drugs on a pre-employment or employer-ordered drug screening.

Our licensure lawyers are exceptionally experienced in helping licensed providers obtain and maintain their licenses. Our dental lawyers regularly represent dentists and hygienists during investigations, administrative complaints, suspensions, licensure denials, and other matters before the Board of Dentistry and administrative law courts. Our dental lawyers assist with DEA registration matters and dental practice and lab permits and licenses. See Professional Licensing and DEA Registration Defense.

Dental Malpractice

Dental malpractice claims generally allege:

  • preventable infection;
  • negligent extractions;
  • nerve damage;
  • anesthesia complications;
  • failure to diagnose periodontal disease, and
  • failed implants, bridge, and crowns.

No matter what the nature of the allegations, being accused of malpractice is understandably upsetting. If not properly handled, it could lead to hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages and disciplinary action.

For over 25 years, we have been defending health professionals accused of malpractice.  Many of our lawyers have over 10 years’ experience defending malpractice action and can handle the most complex malpractice actions. Our lawyers are sensitive to the cost of litigation and work to reduce costs whenever possible. We represent both insured and self-insured dentists.

Dental Practice Matters

Chapman Law Group has a team of transactional lawyers who are dedicated to helping practices with business, employment, licensing, and compliance matters. Our lawyers assist with practice formation and acquisition, practice sales, purchase agreements, lease agreements, partnership agreements, employment contracts, and other business matters. Our lawyers also represent dentists and their practice during employment and business disputes. In addition, we assist with state permitting and licensing issues, credentialing issues, and billing and payment matters.

Our transactional attorneys assist a wide variety of practices, from surgical centers and home health care businesses to chiropractic and dental clinics. Our transactional lawyers are dedicated to helping solo practitioners, partnerships, and corporations build successful businesses and reduce the risk of liability and legal action.

Criminal Defense

We have a team of criminal defense attorneys dedicated to representing doctors, including dentists, with criminal matters that threaten their license or freedom. Crimes that are most likely to impact licensure include drug crimes, sex crimes, assault, fraud, crimes related to substance abuse, and any crime related to practice.

Our criminal defense attorneys are unique in that they only represent health care providers. They are exceptionally knowledgeable in criminal law and health care law and understand the many collateral consequences that can follow a criminal conviction. Our lawyers for dentists fight aggressively to help dentists defend criminal action that threatens their license, career, and freedom. See Criminal Defense.

Dental Lawyers in Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Idaho, and Colorado.