The Qualifications of a Dental Expert Witness: Part One

There have been numerous occasions when Dr. Arthur Chal, our extensively trained dentist, has been asked to serve as a top dental expert witness in a malpractice lawsuit. Although being a practicing dentist consumes most of his time, he derives a great deal of personal satisfaction from helping patients obtain justice after experiencing a breach in the standard of care. Not all dental professionals are qualified for this service, however. Attorneys typically seek out individuals with high achievement across a number of variables. If you’re searching for a potential dental expert witness, this two-part blog series offers some of the factors upon which you should insist:

Perceived as an Expert by Peers, Professionals, and the Public

The first consideration should be the educational and professional credentials the prospective dental expert witness has acquired. A robust background typically provides the individual with the respect not only of others in his or her field but also of the public. For instance, Dr. Chal obtained Fellowship status in the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD), and was the youngest dentist in Arizona to do so. He has also earned Fellowship status in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (FICOI) and is an Accredited Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AAACD), where he also served as President. Additionally, he has been the recipient of many honors and awards, including being selected as “Top Dentist” by numerous organizations for multiple years. Finally, Dr. Chal has published in prestigious dental journals and given numerous lectures at major national and international dental meetings.

Currently Practicing Dentistry

While there have been dental expert witnesses who were already retired or out of the dental profession when they offered testimony (relying on their past experiences to provide insight), choosing an individual who is presently practicing can often enhance the reliability of the opinion. Full-time practicing dentists typically will be more aware of the stresses involved in daily care, which can affect decision-making. Furthermore, they usually also will be well-versed in the changing standards of treatment, as dentistry is constantly evolving.

Check back next week to read our second blog post in our two-part series on the recommended qualities of a dental expert witness. To learn more about Dr. Chal’s education and experience, or to schedule a consultation, please contact us today.

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