Phoenix Dentist Details Qualifications Needed to Serve as Dental Expert Witness
Dr. Arthur Chal discusses the typical professional and educational credentials required of a top dental expert witness.
Phoenix, AZ—The most reliable dental expert witness for a medical malpractice claim will have a comprehensive selection of traits that reveal a history of excellence in the field of dentistry, states Dr. Arthur Chal, a dentist in Phoenix. He explains that education, experience, and reputation are just a few of the qualifications of a dental expert witness carefully considered by legal professionals – and even within those categories, he says there likely will be an expectation of a certain level of accomplishment. To provide a helpful resource for patients or attorneys seeking the testimony of a qualified expert, he offers a breakdown of typically recommended criteria.
One of the most revealing pieces of information often will be the professional and public reputation of the dentist, Dr. Chal indicates. One must develop a high profile over years of consistently impressive work to be considered a national expert, he continues. One way to establish prominence, he says, will be through a strong educational background and robust credentials, including publications and lectures presented at major dental meetings. Other notable achievements, he says, include becoming a Fellow, a Diplomate, Accredited, or Board Certified. Serving as an Examiner on a dental licensing or specialty board will also separate one professional from another, he notes. Furthermore, being elected by one’s peers to national leadership positions is significant for legal testimony. He also highlights the importance of currently practicing in the field, stating, “Attorneys typically want somebody who knows the stresses and strains of daily practice, because that does impact decision making.”
Dr. Chal explains that litigation should only occur in a situation where there was a clear breach of the standards of care. He notes that part of the job of the dental expert will be to evaluate a case and determine if the concern merits further action. “I have a very strict rule, and I tell attorneys when I consult with them that I’m always looking for the black and white evidence; I call it the forensic evidence in the file.” Furthermore, he indicates that being a practicing dentist with integrity is only the first step, and actively attending continuing education courses can be just as essential as any other requirement for being a dental expert witness.
Ultimately, Dr. Chal estimates that approximately half of the cases brought to him for evaluation do not justify action, which he explains to the attorney; however, if negligence occurs, he feels a duty to help. When individuals suffer an injury, he explains, they cannot go forward with a malpractice suit unless they have an expert to advocate for them. He notes that he achieves a high level of personal satisfaction from his responsibilities as a top dental expert witness, and hopes to continue helping patients in need.
About Arthur Chal, DDS
Dr. Chal received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and his dental degree from Case Western Reserve University. He then completed his general practice residency at Great Lakes Naval Hospital. At his Phoenix cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry practice, he performs a wide range of treatments and procedures, including dental implants, porcelain veneers, and TMJ therapy. A member of many esteemed dental organizations, he has also served as the President of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the Arizona Academy of General Dentistry. He is available for interview upon request.
Arthur Chal Esthetic and Reconstructive Dentistry
4715 N. 32nd St., Ste. 106
Phoenix, AZ 85018