While you have probably viewed my website, let me take this opportunity to introduce myself. I am Eugene Young, DDS. I grew up in a small town in western North Carolina as one of seven children. Went to public schools, to University of North Carolina for college, and continued onto UNC School of Dentistry which was ranked #1 in the United States at the time. Subsequent to graduating, I went into private practice in 1977 in my hometown. My practice grew quickly from two employees to include two other dentists and twenty three employees by the time I retired. During the course of my private practice, taught part time at the UNC Dental School in the Department of Restorative Dentistry. This included being a clinical instructor with third and fourth year students.
In 2013, I retired from active practice when I sold out to my associates. Not one to sit still, I still serve as a locum tenens from time to time and teach part time at a private dental school in Florida. I reside in Sarasota, Florida.
Why Dental Malpractice
Why did I decide to be a expert witness in dental malpractice? Over the course of my career, I have seen it all! Sometimes I am surprised. Sometimes not. I have always been reticent to criticize dental work or results as I wasn’t there when the procedure(s) was performed. Dentistry is not easy and outcomes can different due to the many variables. A bad outcome does not always mean the provider was negligent. Sometimes bad outcomes occur even when the standard of care was followed, as with any medical profession.
However, some dentists have bad outcomes and don’t adhere to the standard of care. How is standard of care defined? It specifies appropriate treatment based on scientific evidence and collaboration between medical/dental professionals involved in the treatment of a given condition. When this happens the patient has the possible grounds for a legal action against his provider.
Stay tuned…..next topic…..how to resolve a problem with your dentist without going to court.