Combined Bachelor's + Master's degree in Dentistry and Dental Prosthetics

Legal Medicine

Course code
Name of lecturer
Domenico De Leo
Domenico De Leo
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
LEZIONI 1° SEMESTRE 2°-3°-4°-5°-6° ANNO dal Oct 1, 2020 al Dec 23, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

a) Acquisition of ethical and legal responsibilities that lead the professional relationship between dentist and patient. managing relationships with the courts and the public health authority about the facts of professional interest to those authorities.

b) Understanding of the essential outlines of criminal and civil law, including through the judicial process of Merit and the Supreme Court, regulating matters of professional liability (specific casuistry).

c) Acquisition of technical skills to the forensic evaluation for the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment of the person: dental expertise in various areas of Penal and Civil Law

d) Knowledge of the contribution of the dentistry in the forensics activities, with reference to the issue of individual identification.


Criminal Law: Classification of offenses
The civil law
The expert witness
Preventive technical assessment
Mediation and Conciliation

The health profession in dentistry
EEC Directive n ° 687/1978
Scope of the dental profession
Abuse of medical profession exercise

Legality of orthodontic practice
The consent given by person who are entitled: legal sources
Informed Consent Requirements

Professional secrecy
The size of ethics, legal implications
Legislative Decree 30 June 2003 n. 196 (Code regarding the protection of personal data)

The dental interest information activities
Legal Requirements to work as a Dentist
Legal classification of health documents
Medical record
Medical and odontoiatric certificates
The ideological and material counterfeiting offenses of the certified
The documentation in private care surgeries
The healthcare denunciations
Reports to the judicial authorities: report - reporting the crime

The material causality connection
The legal doctrines of causality
Criteriology and its specifics in legal medicine
The causal connection in criminal and in civil field

Personal injury
The concept of disease and biological aggravating circumstances in personal injury offense

The bodily injury
The biological damage and financial loss
The concept of emerging damage and lost profit
The adequacy of medical expenses

The dental professional liability
Criminal, civil and administrative law
Contractual and non-contractual liability.
The innovations of the Balduzzi Decree.
Medical responsibility for the actions of the dental auxiliaries and of the team

The social protection of the citizen unable to work
The Social Security System and Social Insurance

Private accident insurance and professional liability insurance
Private accident insurance, risk insurance policy for dentists
The liability insurance dentist, the claim made and loss occurrence models

Forensic Odontology
Basic techniques for individual identification in Forensic Medicine (radiological, histopathological, chemical and genetic)

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Materiale didattico Appunti delle lezioni 2020
De Leo D., Orrico M. Medicina Legale e delle Assicurazioni in Odontoiatria e Protesi Dentaria. Edizioni Libreria Cortina 2005
Campobasso C.P., De Leo D., et al. Medicina legale per i corsi di laurea ad orientamento giuridico e triennale Idelson – Gnocchi 2020
De Leo D.,. Tessadri A. Odontologia Forense Liviana editore 1989 88-7675-580-2

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam

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