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A dentist’s responsibility never ends even if your office is on for closure notice. Abandoning your patient is could be the reason for your career to end and for your dental license to be suspended or revoked. This kind of matter can be prevented if the dentist could have hired a dental attorney to handle such a case.

A dentist in Galveston, Texas owned two dental practices and rented office space for both practices. The dentist’s name was in the lease paperwork for his practice. The dentist and various other dentists worked out of both offices.

And approximately from October 2018 through March 2019, the Board received eight consumer complaints about the dentist and his two dental practices from patients or their caretakers. The complaints alleged abandonment and negligent work and were investigated by a Board investigator. The investigation revealed that the dentist was evicted from his first Practice office space in February 2019 and from his second Practice office space in March 2019. The dentist failed to make timely payments of his rent on both office spaces. The dentist was notified about possible eviction in November 2018 for the first Practice and December 2018 for the second practice. The dentist did not notify his patients about the closure of his offices and did not refer his patients to other dentists. The eight patients had paid in advance for their dental work and had not received all of the services that they had paid for. When the Board’s investigator contacted the dentist for patient records and information on the alleged abandonment of patients, the dentist provided minimal information and referred the investigator to his office manager and attorney in lieu of responding directly.

After the Board’s investigation, the Board of Dental had decided to put the dentist into disciplinary action in that the dentist abandoned his patient without providing written notice that treatment would be discontinued and before the patient had ample opportunity to secure the services of another dentist, and provided the health of the patient was not jeopardized.

Throughout the case, the dentist received such punishment because the dentist failed to hire a dental attorney for the case. Having a dental attorney for such kind of case would have yielded a different result that will be in favor of the dentist.

If you ever undergo cases such as this, it’s best to seek the assistance of a good dental attorney as it could make the case better in your favor. Be sure to find a dental attorney who’s experienced and knowledgeable in several cases to ensure the best assistance possible.

If you also received a complaint regarding a case or complaint filed on you, you should hire a dental attorney immediately before it’s too late. Texas dental attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated dental lawyers who helped various dentists in their cases since 2006. You may contact him 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 for more information or if you want to schedule a private consultation.