A very interesting article. Especially looking at the 2003 data that over 50% of the claims resulted in less then a $10k pay out. follow the link below to read the whole article. Its short and an interesting read
Results show number and cost of dental malpractice claims to be stable in recent years
The following article summarizes results of a 2005 survey conducted by the ADA Council on Members Insurance and Retirement Programs on the frequency, severity and causes of dental malpractice claims reported between 1999 and 2003. Fifteen of the leading dental professional liability insurers across the country participated, which together insured nearly 104,600 licensed dentists.
Trends in the incidence and severity of dental malpractice claims are important in evaluating opportunities to improve the quality of patient care. The Council hopes this survey information is of value to member dentists in their risk management efforts.
* CMIRP Malpractice Survey | PDF file/78k