Dentist guilty of using paper clips in root canals

A former Massachusetts dentist who used pieces of paper clips instead of stainless steel posts when performing rood canal surgery has pleaded guilty to Medicare fraud among other charges; Michael Clair will be sentenced next week.

In his guilty plea, Clair also pleaded to illegal prescribing prescription drugs such as Percocet, Hydrocodone and Combunox for himself and his staff, assault and battery and witness intimidation. He faces up to 10 years in prison for the drug charges alone.

Clair’s desire to make money put his patients at risk when he used paper clip sections in the root canal procedures while at the same time billing Medicaid for stainless steel posts. Patients who were treated by Clair are at a higher risk for infection and other side effects.

The assault and battery charges stem from the improper use materials in the root canal. Besides the criminal charges, Clair could be sued in civil court by patients for the damages they suffered. Patients of Clair were advised by seek evaluation by another dentist.

It is interesting to note that before Clair began practicing in in Massachusetts he had his license to practice revoked in Florida, Maryland and West Virginia but he was allowed to practice in Massachusetts even though he was prohibited by doing Medicaid work. He got around the Medicaid restrictions, however, by hiring dentists who used their Medicaid identifications to file.

It’s hard to imagine a dentist who spent years of training to obtain a dental degree to fall so far below the standard of care.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured by medical malpractice and dental malpractice and the family of those killed
Source: Former Fall River dentist pleads guilty to using paper clips in root canals and Medicaid fraud

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