Succor Consulting, LLC

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Harold Nemetz, D.D.S., A.M.Ed.
Call: 707-465-1453

Dr. Harold Nemetz is a dental expert witness assisting both Plaintiff and Defense attorneys with General and Prosthetic Dentistry matters.

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Dental Expert Witness

Dental Patients’ “BILL OF RIGHTS” [American Dental Association/California Dental Association]


PATIENTS HAVE A RIGHT to know in advance the type & expected treatment AND:–>

PATIENTS HAVE A RIGHT to expect dental team members to use appropriate infection & sterilization controls

PATIENTS HAVE A RIGHT to ask about treatment alternatives & be told in understandable language;  the advantages & disadvantages of each treatment

PATIENTS HAVE A RIGHT to ask the dentist to explain all the treatment options regardless of coverage or cost

PATIENTS HAVE A RIGHT to know the education of the dentist & the dental team

PATIENTS HAVE A RIGHT to know the professional rules, laws & ethics that apply to the dentist & the dental team

PATIENTS HAVE A RIGHT to choose their own dentist

PATIENTS HAVE A RIGHT to see the dentist every time they receive treatment

PATIENTS HAVE A RIGHT  to schedule an appointment in a timely manner

Cosmetic Dentistry


Cosmetic Dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance (though not necessarily the function) of a person’s teeth, gums and/or bite. Many dentists refer to themselves as “cosmetic dentists” regardless of their specific education, specialty, training, and/or experience in this field.

This has been considered unethical with a predominant objective of marketing to patients. The American Dental Association does not recognize cosmetic dentistry as a formal specialty area of dentistry.


Choosing A Dental Expert Witness

Dental Expert Witnesses come in “many shapes an sizes.”  Your choice must depend upon the nature of the medico-legal case that you are involved in.

Any registered/licensed dentist can be an ‘expert’ witness but, some dentists are more qualified and have more experience, both clinically and legally than others.

Here are SOME TIPS:

  1. Check Qualifications
  2. Consider effect on Jury
  3. Assess Capability
  4. Ensure Independence
  5. Confirm Availability
  6. Consider Compatibility
  7. Confirm Acceptance of Position
  8. Consider Experience or Inexperience

Dental Standards of Care

Unlike Standards for most non-professional skills [like driving a car-->where laws establish the rules of the road;  a lay person is deemed capable of determining when they have been violated; the law generally delegates the settling of detailed professional standards to members of various professions. 

Medical/Dental practice or malpractice standards are drawn in large part from the customs and behavior of the members of the profession.  An EXPERT WITNESS must establish a standard for medical/dental care and give an opinion on whether the defendants conduct met this standard [the standard must be general and specific to the individual plaintiffs circumstances] and ideally should be supported by uncontroverted scholarly literature.  (Ref: “LectricLawLibrary”)

NOTE: A general practitioner who provides specialty services to patients may be held to the same standards that a specialist would be held if the specialist had provided the services.

Continuing Education: Dentists

Continuing education usually consists of courses that dentists take after they graduate from dental school in order to remain up to date in the field and to learn about the latest techniques and procedures.

Dentists take the courses at: college and university campuses, at dental association meetings or on the Web. Online courses can be completed on the dentist’s own time, which is useful, since dentists are working professionals with busy schedules.

In 1974: The California State Legislature mandated that: DENTISTS MUST COMPLETE 50 HOURS OF CONTINUING EDUCATION EVERY TWO YEARS FOR RE­LICENSURE. A dentist licensed in 1974 would have to have completed 950 hours of continuing education when he or she was re-licensed in 2012. I have completed approximately 6000 hours.

Client Testimonials

You were so very helpful during my trial and I am grateful to you for it.
- Sheri A. Cooley

You may shred the records.
You were very very helpful and also fun to work with.
- Lori M. Bencoe,
Bencoe, LaCour & Wood Law, P.C.

Your knowledge and comments in reviewing this matter are the type of honest approach we appreciate in an expert witness. Moreover, the research material you forwarded is quite interesting in light of the facts of this case.
Again, thank you for reviewing the case and agreeing to serve as an expert.
- Pieter Teeuwissen,
Danks Teeuwiessen & Associates

I retained Dr. Harold Nemetz as a dental expert in _ v.USA. The case hinged on whether Mr. Unin's dentist exercised the degree of care ordinarily exercised during a tooth extraction. Dr. Nemetz took pains to educate me on the nature of teeth and gums and relevant standard of care, all of which helped immensely. And during his trial testimony, he presented as professional, knowledgeable, unbiased and forceful.
I would recommend Dr. Nemetz to other personal injury attorneys as he is very approachable, engaged and knowledgeable. He was an asset to our case.
- Michele Brown,
Power & Brown, LLC

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Harold Nemetz, DDS, AMED
P.O. Box 328
Crescent City, CA 95531
Phone / Fax: 707-465-1453

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