Oklahoma is considering a law that would make it easier for the state’s dentists to sue people who have malpractice or tort claims against them.
The proposed law would also provide that a dental malpractice suit could be brought against a dental surgeon for an injury that was not caused by negligence or incompetence.
The proposal, introduced in the Oklahoma House on Tuesday, would make the lawsuit more specific and could allow the plaintiffs to prove that the person was negligent, and that the injury was not an accident.
The bill, which would go to the floor for a vote on the House floor, is not a substitute for a court challenge, but it would still have a place in state law.
The Oklahoma Medical Association and Dentists of Oklahoma filed a lawsuit in September claiming that a dentist, Dr. David Fusco, is responsible for injuries they claim they suffered after he performed an operation on them without a proper diagnosis.
Fusco is now serving a year in prison after pleading guilty to criminal negligence charges stemming from the case.
A lawsuit brought against Fuscos negligence claims, including claims for negligence and fraud, has already been heard in a federal court in Oklahoma.
The case is still pending.