Authors: Ryan Donihue & Jo Jagor

HBS Partners Jo Jagor and Ryan Donihue will be joining Dr. Mitchell Gardiner for a A Simulated Dental Malpractice Court Case Presented Live at the 2017 Hinman Dental Meeting. They will be presenting on March 24th from 2:00-5:00pm. Using an actual dental malpractice case, this program will portray what really takes place in the courtroom between a defendant dentist and malpractice lawyers. Meeting attendees will get to see and

Jo Jagor grew up in a family of dentists and dental providers. She began her medical malpractice defense career specifically defending dentists of all types including general dentists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, endodontists, periodontists, prosthodontists, pedodontists, orthodontists, and hygienists in civil suits and claim, as well as with issues involving the State Licensing Board of Dentistry. Jo has assisted her clients in resolving Risk Management

Here is a smattering of a some of the more interesting articles from the past few weeks related to dental news and commentary from varying perspectives: Patients, Insurance, and Costs There have been several articles recently commenting on the intersection of Medicare, Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, and emergency room visits for dental care. Health Canal focused and MedicalXpress discussed a study that found that

The sale or purchase of any business is a long, complicated process. This is especially so when it comes to a dental practice. Imagine, a group of busy dentists attempting to effectively compile, review, and complete stacks of documents while completing their normal, heavy workloads. Obtaining counsel early will minimize interference with your practice workload and provide a vital service to you throughout this difficult

These days most dentists advertise their practices and services via the internet or some form of print advertising.  Some larger practices even advertise via billboards or commercials.  While this type of advertising can provide increased exposure for your practice, it is important to remember that in Georgia there are advertising regulations that apply specifically to dentists.  Although the Georgia Board of Dentistry may not actively

Jo Jagor, a partner at Hall Booth Smith’s Atlanta office,  and Nathan Gaffney a senior associate have been selected to present at the Hinman Dental Seminar in Atlanta on March 27th.  This makes the second year in a row that Ms. Jagor and Mr. Gaffney have had the distinction and honor  of presenting to this distinguished meeting.  Their topic of a simulated Dental Malpractice trial will involve records

As a defense lawyer to health care providers that often find themselves in a completely foreign and alien universe called a LAWSUIT, it is my usual practice to run through an initial laundry list of topics, including procedural and substantive requirements for the claim itself, initial investigation parameters, recommended course of action, etc. In other words, as attorneys we tend to be somewhat task driven-

Due to the widespread use of electronic recordkeeping, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is of particular importance to dentists and their practices. According to HIPAA, any dentist who conducts certain transactions in electronic form is known as a “covered entity” and is subject to HIPAA’s rules and regulations. Under HIPAA, a covered entity must take precautionary measures to protect electronic patient information. Such

Every dentist has inevitably come into contact with the phrase “dental malpractice.” And for practicing professionals, it likely arouses sentiments of fear and anxiety. But what does it mean exactly? Like other medical professionals, dentists are required to exercise care and skill in treating their patients. “Reasonable care and skill” means that care and skill is employed by other dentists under like circumstances and conditions. Generally,

Nearly every dental malpractice claim requires expert testimony.  Experts help determine the requisite standard of care, whether or not that standard was met, and, if so, if a deviation caused the injury complained of by the plaintiff.  Expert deposition and trial testimony are critical. So, who is qualified to be an expert?  Before Georgia’s 2005 tort reform statute, Georgia law was extremely liberal in permitting expert