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Posted 5/2/2018 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 40
Top 10 Mistakes that Dentists Make
Top 10 Mistakes that Dentists MakeIn this podcast, Stuart J. Oberman, Esq. of Oberman Law Firm breaks down the top 10 mistakes that he has seen dentists make over the course of their careers. Avoid these common legal pitfalls in the dental profession, and keep your dental practice running smoothly.  Read More
Posted 5/1/2018 by Edward Comitz in Disability Claim Tips With Ed Comitz, Esq.   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 25
Claim Tip 8 – Common Challenges Faced by Dentists After Filing a Claim Based on Anxiety
In our last several posts we have discussed how anxiety among dentists is quite common and can reach a level that may require stepping away from dentistry and filing a claim. In this final post in this series, we will be examining some of the common challenges experienced by dentists who file...  Read More
Posted 4/1/2018 by Edward Comitz in Disability Claim Tips With Ed Comitz, Esq.   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 40
Claim Tip 7 – Disabling Anxiety v. “Burn Out”:  What Is the Difference, Why Does it Matter, and When is it Time to File?
By the time they finish dental school, most dentists are familiar with the concept of "burn out" and recognize that they have chosen a profession that can be particularly stressful at times. In fact, many of the dentists we consult with initially describe what they're experiencing as "burn out."...  Read More
Posted 3/27/2018 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 14
Top 5 Mistakes Made by Practice Startups
Excitement surrounds the establishment of a new practice, and unfortunately, many legal aspects involved in starting a new practice become ignored as ideas build. The list below depicts 5 of the most common mistakes that we see entrepreneurs and start-ups make:1. Failure to establish a clear...  Read More
Posted 3/1/2018 by Edward Comitz in Disability Claim Tips With Ed Comitz, Esq.   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 39
Claim Tip 6 - Are Disability Claims Involving Anxiety/Panic Disorder Treated Differently than Other Claims?
This is another common question our office receives from dentists who suffer from anxiety and/or panic attacks and are thinking about filing a disability claim.  Generally speaking, in our experience, we find that insurance companies subject mental health claims to heightened scrutiny, and that...  Read More
Posted 2/6/2018 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 49
Arbitration Agreements - The Employer's Weapon
Stuart J. Oberman, Esq. of Oberman Law Firm discusses Arbitration Agreements, or as he calls it, the “Employer Weapon.” If you own a dental practice and don't have arbitration agreements to protect yourself, reconsider. The absence of these important agreements could be...  Read More
Posted 2/1/2018 by Edward Comitz in Disability Claim Tips With Ed Comitz, Esq.   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 44
Claim Tip 5 - Can You File a Disability Claim for Anxiety?
Our office receives numerous calls from dentists experiencing anxiety and/or panic attacks wanting to know whether they can file a disability claim under their policies, and asking us to evaluate the likelihood of success if they do file. The short (but admittedly not that satisfying) answer is,it...  Read More
Posted 1/2/2018 by Edward Comitz in Disability Claim Tips With Ed Comitz, Esq.   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 46
Claim Tip 4 - What Does the Claims Process Entail? (A Broad Overview)
Most dentists know that if they file a disability claim, there’s going to be an investigation. Many dentists have heard stories about surveillance, or biased medical examiners, but tell themselves, “that won’t happen to me, because I’m filing a legitimate claim.” They...  Read More
Posted 12/1/2017 by Edward Comitz in Disability Claim Tips With Ed Comitz, Esq.   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 54
Claim Tip 3: What to Expect When You Request Claim Forms
When you make the difficult decision to stop practicing and file a disability claim, the first step is to request the claim forms from your insurer. Each disability company has its own set of claim forms, and some companies have multiple sets of claim forms for specific types of policies (e.g....  Read More
Posted 11/1/2017 by Edward Comitz in Disability Claim Tips With Ed Comitz, Esq.   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 48
Claim Tip 2: What to Expect if You are a Dentist Filing a Claim
In our last post, we noted that dentists are much more likely to become disabled than other professionals. At the same time, dentists’ claims are often targeted for denial because they (1) have high benefit amounts and (2) usually involve occupation-related slowly progressive musculoskeletal...  Read More
Posted 10/5/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 95
Legal Issues in Endodontics
The following questions should be discussed as potential areas of litigation in endodontic treatment:    Was there a misdiagnosis or treatment on the wrong tooth         Did the tooth develop pulpitis and who was responsible?         Did good radiographic technique occur         Was a rubber dam...  Read More
Posted 10/1/2017 by Edward Comitz in Disability Claim Tips With Ed Comitz, Esq.   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 54
Claim Tip 1: Do You Need a Disability Insurance Policy?
If you’re a practicing dentist, the answer is a resoundingyes, as there’s a high likelihood that you’ll have to file a disability claim at some point in your career. Studies have shown that a majority of dental students experience chronic musculoskeletal pain by their third year...  Read More
Posted 8/1/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 48
Dental Records: Documentation and Maintenance
Patient dental records are critical in documenting a patient's care and treatment. The information contained in patient charts should be maintained in an organized, standardized fashion with clear, complete entries. Dental records must be maintained on a concurrent basis immediately after care is...  Read More
Posted 7/20/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 64
HR Audit Checklist - The Hiring Process
You can begin your audit with a deep look into your practice's hiring process. After all, this is the first interaction that employees will have with your practice, and when it runs smoothly, it sets the foundation for the rest of their time there. You also need to make sure that you are not using...  Read More
Posted 7/5/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 35
Legal Compliance/HR Best Practices Audit Series: Part 2
It is important that every practice owner conducts a best practices audit to ensure their practice is in compliance with state and federal law.Usual areas of inquiry in a compliance/best practices audit include the following: Involuntary Reductions in Force Insurance (i.e., EPLI) ...  Read More
Posted 6/30/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 58
Legal Compliance/HR Best Practices Audit Series: Part 1
It is important that every practice owner conducts a best practices audit to ensure their practice is in compliance with state and federal law.Usual areas of inquiry in a compliance/best practices audit include the following: Personnel Policies Personnel Procedures Employee Handbooks ...  Read More
Posted 4/5/2017 by KCDental in Dental Implant Practices   |  Comments: 1  |   Views: 97
031 Dental Malpractice Defense Attorney Jeff Tonner
Dental malpractice defense attorney Jeff Tonner. Since 1988, Jeff has limited his practice to helping dentists. He has written two books, Malpractice: What They Don’t Teach You In Dental School, and Ideal Charting For General Dentists. 031 Dental...  Read More
Posted 8/17/2016 by howard in Dentistry Uncensored with Howard Farran   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 130
472 Dental Defense with Neil Taylor : Dentistry Uncensored with Howard Farran
Watch Video here VIDEO - DUwHF #472 - Neil Taylor Stream Audio here AUDIO - DUwHF #472 - Neil Taylor Neil is qualified in Dentistry, Law and a retired five year member of the Faculty...  Read More
Posted 3/9/2016 by howard in Dentistry Uncensored with Howard Farran   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 470
330 Legal Dental Work with Michael Davis : Dentistry Uncensored with Howard Farran
Watch Video here VIDEO -DUwHF #330 - Michael Davis Stream Audio here AUDIO - DUwHF #330 - Michael Davis Dr Michael W Davis maintains a private general dentistry practice in Santa Fe,...  Read More
Posted 11/13/2015 by Karla Thompson in All About Disability Insurance   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 142
Surveillance of Disability Claimants: Who's Watching, When Are They Watching, and What Are Their Methods?
Disability insurance companies purportedly use surveillance as a means to expose dishonest claimants and fraudulent disability claims. Unfortunately, many disability insurers also utilize surveillance as a means to deny legitimate claims.For example, if a disabled claimant leaves the house for a...  Read More
Posted 11/6/2015 by Karla Thompson in All About Disability Insurance   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 511
10 Mistakes Dentists Make in Disability Claims
Mistake #1: Failing to Consult With An Experienced Disability Attorney Disability policies vary greatly in the language used, and coverage is often restricted by technical qualifying words and phrases. Your claim will have a better chance of being successful if your policy is individually reviewed...  Read More
Posted 10/30/2015 by Karla Thompson in All About Disability Insurance   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 130
The Disability Insurance Claims Process Part 6: Denials and Terminations
Our last post discussed what you need to do to keep your disability benefits once they have been awarded. Unfortunately, many dentists’ claims are denied, particularly in the early stages of the claims process. Insurance companies will also periodically attempt to terminate dentists’ disability...  Read More
Posted 10/23/2015 by Karla Thompson in All About Disability Insurance   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 122
The Disability Insurance Claims Process Part 5: Claim Approval
In our last post, we finished our discussion regarding the investigation and evaluation stage of the disability insurance claims process. Hopefully, once you have submitted the required information and your claim has been evaluated, the insurance company will approve your benefits. This post...  Read More
Posted 10/16/2015 by Karla Thompson in All About Disability Insurance   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 134
The Disability Insurance Claims Process Part 4: The Investigation Continues
Our last post discussed some of the ways the insurance company will attempt to gather your personal information once you have submitted your disability claim. In this post, we will discuss some of the other methods insurance companies use to evaluate your disability claim.THE INVESTIGATION...  Read More
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