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Bills to Laws

Our Virginia General Assembly is now back in session. At the beginning of every session, I receive emails regarding introduced legislation that might impact our law practice.

Many bills get stuck in committee and never get to the floor for vote. Those that make it and become law sometimes cause me to say, “I’m surprised this wasn’t already a law”. Others make me wonder, “What are they thinking?”.

That leads me to an article from that listed several laws that have just gone into effect in that state. It made me stop and think about the sense or sensibilities of some of these:

Filming the police: Bystanders will have the explicit right to film police officers as they perform their official duties.

“Ban the box”: Employers will lose the ability to ask job applicants to check a box on an application form that asks whether they’ve been convicted of a crime. The law, seen as a means of easing recidivism by making it easier for ex-convicts to find work, will be enforced by the state Bureau of Labor and Industries.

“Vaping”: Puffing on electronic cigarettes or other related devices inside a public place — on the job, at a bar, at a restaurant, wherever — will no longer be allowed.

Animal neglect: Police officers who see an animal suffering inside a hot vehicle will have the legal right to break in and make a rescue.

Even though these are laws from Oregon, a state that is far from here; I still find their “new laws” interesting.

And for our pic o’ day…


Braces and Dental Malpractice

There are some tooth facts that we just all know. Here’s a quick list off the top of my head: Don’t gorge yourself on Halloween candy and expect to have a good dental check; Don’t eat caramel and candy apples if you have capped front teeth; Don’t carry dentures in your back pocket.

On the other hand, sometimes you should be able to depend on your dentist for wisdom and not just caring for your wisdom teeth. (I know, I shouldn’t go down the tooth humor path).







Most of the time, I really have no interest in even discussing malpractice. In my own life, I have had such great experiences with the medical profession. However, there have been some dental cases that have simply ticked me off.

That’s how I felt when I read the UPI story about the Oregon dentist who caused someone permanent injury. Brad Chvatal provided orthodontic care to Devin Best for most of his childhood years. That included braces.

Normally, braces are to be worn for a period of 1 to 3 years. For some reason, this dentist kept him in braces for 11 years.  As a result, Best suffered injuries to his gums, mouth and teeth.

For me, I guess that I am blogging on it to send this story just a little farther on the Internet.  True dental malpractice. A kid that depended on his dentist and was hurt by it.

In the article, the President of the American Association of Orthodontists was quoted as saying that he “could not think of an instance” where someone would ever need to wear braces for 11 years. The reporter in the article attempted to get some explanation from the dentist about his conduct. All he would say was that the situation “was very complicated”.

For pic o’ day, I decided that I wasn’t going to post anything else dental. Instead, I thought I would focus on something more positive. How about that everyone should exercise!

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