Dental mapractice litigance in the city of São Paulo (SP), Brazil

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https://doi.org/10.20396/bjos.v21i00.8665074

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Insurance, liability, Forensic dentistry, Patient harm, Jurisprudence

Abstract

The relationship between patients and dentists today is more worn and less based on trust, which can lead to high rates of lawsuits related to civil liability and dental malpractice. Aim: verify if there has been an increase in the number of lawsuits related to questioned dental treatments, and against dentists registered in the city of São Paulo (SP), Brazil, from 2012 to 2017. Methods: We outlined an overview based on the list from the São Paulo Council of Dentistry containing 30,238 registered dentists in the city of São Paulo, and searched for lawsuits on the public base of the São Paulo State Court’s. Results: The search, after the inclusion and exclusion criteria, found 247 lawsuits, with dental implants as the most involved specialty. The total indemnities requested ranged from R$ 227.42 to R$ 937,000.00, but no indemnity granted exceeded the amount of R$ 100,000.00. Conclusion: According to the analysis of cases, there is a progressive increase in the number of civil liability lawsuits against dentists involving dental malpractice litigance.

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Silmara Pereira de Sousa, University of São Paulo

University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto Medical School, Department of Pathology and Legal Medicine. Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil.

University of São Paulo, School of Dentistry of Ribeirão Preto. Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil.

Bruna Saud Borges, University of São Paulo

University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto Medical School, Department of Pathology and Legal Medicine. Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil.

University of São Paulo, School of Dentistry of Ribeirão Preto. Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil.

Ana Luisa Rezende Machado, University of São Paulo

University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto Medical School, Department of Pathology and Legal Medicine. Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil.

University of São Paulo, School of Dentistry of Ribeirão Preto. Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil.

Giovanna Teixeira Matteussi, University of São Paulo

University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto Medical School, Department of Pathology and Legal Medicine. Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil.

University of São Paulo, School of Dentistry of Ribeirão Preto. Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil.

Paulo Henrique Viana Pinto, University of São Paulo

University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto Medical School, Department of Pathology and Legal Medicine. Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil.

University of São Paulo, School of Dentistry of Ribeirão Preto. Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil.

Larissa Dutra Bittencourt de Oliveira, University of São Paulo

University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto Medical School, Department of Pathology and Legal Medicine. Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil.

Rienne Assis Matos, University of São Paulo

University of São Paulo, School of Dentistry of Ribeirão Preto. Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil.

Marcos Vinicius Coltri, University of Campinas

University of Campinas, Piracicaba Dental School, Department of Health Sciences and Pediatric Dentistry. Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil.

Ricardo Henrique Alves da Silva, University of São Paulo

University of São Paulo, School of Dentistry of Ribeirão Preto, Department of Stomatology, Public Health and Forensic Dentistry. Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil.

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2021-10-19

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Sousa SP de, Borges BS, Machado ALR, Matteussi GT, Pinto PHV, Oliveira LDB de, Matos RA, Coltri MV, Silva RHA da. Dental mapractice litigance in the city of São Paulo (SP), Brazil. Braz. J. Oral Sci. [Internet]. 2021 Oct. 19 [cited 2022 Sep. 30];21(00):e225074. Available from: https://periodicos.sbu.unicamp.br/ojs/index.php/bjos/article/view/8665074

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