I wrote and operate this site in order to provide support for patients, dentists and lawyers. Everyone has concerns and needs explanation, support and encouragement from time to time. A patient – doctor relationship is sacred, but not always treated so. If a patient has a problem the best advice is first to seek assistance from that dentist, sometimes however, for any one of a number of reasons, that approach might not make sense. The College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia are a body whose remit is to protect the public – they are not advocates for you or your rights. Registering a complaint with them is an appropriate next step if you have not received satisfaction from your dentist.
If you don’t contact the CDSBC, someone may later ask why you didn’t. Equally, if you didn’t seek satisfaction from your dentist after the incident, you may be asked why, but you may have a perfectly good reason for having not done so.
As an expert witness my responsibility is to the court. I must remain impartial as it’s my job to bring facts to the legal parties, I am not a lawyer.
Here in BC litigation is only just starting, and many lawyers are intimidated by negligence claims as they may be outside their area of experience, some therefore assume there is no case to be answered. That is not necessarily the correct course of action.
In the case of embezzlement I can support and advise, I am not a forensic accountant which will likely be necessary. I will be able to make suggestions and referrals.
Although I am not a qualified arbitrator, this is not always necessary in the dental arena where integrity and common sense are valuable assets. Whenever possible, court should be avoided. It is emotionally draining, often confrontational, expensive and doesn’t guarantee outcomes.
Nothing on this site is intended to take the place of proper professional legal advice. Unless otherwise stated, the contents on this site are mine and should be read as when written. Like everything else, things change, including the law. What doesn’t change are values such as integrity, honesty and respect for others along with the duty of care a dentist has for his or her patient.
Stephen Bray 2019