A dentistry degree has to earned by a person in order to become a dental expert witness. Attorneys from opposing sides may call qualifications and experience into question to undermine testimony. A highly qualified witness must build a solid professional resume. A witness must give thorough and accurate testimony because attorneys will use previous dishonesty or inaccurate testimony thus undermining the person’s credibility.
A dental expert witness testifies on dentistry matters in legal proceedings. These knowledgable people provide explanations of concepts and interpretation of facts using knowledge the average person doesn’t know about. An expert is used in both civil and criminal courts. Dentistry specialists testify about records, forensics, and many other specialty areas.
Dental expert specialties include: Implantology, Public Health, Dentistry, Dentofacial Orthopedics, Endodontics, Forensic Dentistry, General Dentistry, Geriatric Dentistry, Maxillofacial Surgery, Odontology, Oral Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Cancer, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Temporomandibular Dysfunction, Temporomandibular Joint, and TMJ.
Successful dentists in good standing in their communities are generally good witnesses. An excellent expert is a person that is Board Certified in their specialty. These dentists are someone who you would want to treat your family members.
A dental case evaluation is performed by a dentist in the required specialty. The strengths and/or weaknesses of a case, as well as possible strategies and tactics, are evaluated. Reviewers can tell you and your attorneys whether or not your case has merit to bring to trial.
Civil malpractice cases use dentists as qualified witnesses. This expert may be asked to explain how a dentist’s actions were harmful to the plaintiff. This could include the dentist not following proper treatment or missing obvious complications. The witness provides these explanations and information to the judge and/or jury selected for deciding the outcome of the case.
On the other hand, some dentistry specialists may be asked by the defense to explain how the dentist acted properly and was not negligent. The testimony provided is being used by each side in a trial to help win the case.
In civil court cases involving product liability, an injured person sues a manufacturer or supplier of alleged harmful devices. A highly qualified person testifies for either side of the case by giving supporting medical knowledge of the plaintiff’s claims or by showing that no harm was caused by the defense.
Dentists are also employed in criminal trials. Complex criminal cases may employ a forensic specialist to testify where identification of human remains is only possible through records of a person’s teeth. The specialist can recreate features (i. E., Jaw structure) or present an argument about the cause of death using autopsy results or crime scene evidence.
Many highly qualified people only provide background information for attorneys. Specialists can provide a written, sworn statement concerning evidence in a case, or give testimony to an out-of-court deposition. A specialist can suggest specific lines of questioning to help police investigators build their case. The qualified dentist can provide dentistry examinations and interpret records that win a case.