Would the DDU ever advise a member to settle a claim?

It can be difficult to mount a successful defence when clinical notes are incomplete or if the expert witness report is critical of the dental professional’s management.

In such cases, we will seek the member’s agreement to negotiate an early settlement, usually without admitting liability. Sometimes, we may need to admit liability or acknowledge a breach of duty to achieve an out-of-court settlement.

This guidance was correct at publication 22/08/2016. It is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.

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