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Anatomy of a Dental Malpractice Action

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The focus of this course is dental malpractice civil lawsuits. We will look at recent malpractice trends such as frequency, awards and types of claims against dentists. Topics will include the standard of care, informed consent and informed refusal.

We’ll explore reasons why patients sue their dentists. Tort reform will be surveyed, particularly limits on non-economic and special damages. Because dental malpractice actions typically do not have a high monetary value, the course will suggest effective early resolution strategies short of trial.

Lecturer Bio

Michael Kowalski, D.D.S., J.D

Dr. Kowalski is a senior trial attorney in the California healthcare defense firm of Bradley, Curley, Barrabee & Kowalski, P.C. After graduating from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Psychology with a Minor in Chemistry, he obtained his D.D.S. and Bachelor of Science in Dental Materials degrees from the University of California, San Francisco and then practiced dentistry for several years. He obtained his J.D. degree from Santa Clara University School of Law.

He has been a Trainer with the East Bay AIDS Education & Training Center in Alameda County, where he taught continuing education programs to dentists and dental hygienists regarding HIV disease awareness and infection control techniques and for which he received a Resolution of Commendation from the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.

He has lectured and authored numerous peer reviewed professional journal articles and textbook chapters in the areas of risk management, professional liability and dental licensing issues. He is a Member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Southern Alameda County Dental Society. As a trial attorney, he has been defending health care providers for over 22 years primarily in the areas of professional liability, administrative licensing board actions, business law and estate planning.

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