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Harold Nemetz, D.D.S., A.M.Ed.
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Dr. Harold Nemetz is a dental expert witness assisting both Plaintiff and Defense attorneys with General and Prosthetic Dentistry matters.

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Category: Expert Witness

What is an EXPERT WITNESS?

An expert witness is someone who is recognized by a court as an authority on a topic who has knowledge beyond that accessible to the average person. In order to be accepted as an expert witness, the witness must generally present his or her qualifications on the stand so that the judge and jury understand what sets the witness part from other witnesses. Rather than testifying on legal matters, expert witnesses provide factual information and analysis which may be beneficial to a case.

Expert witnesses will have experience, training, skills, and education which are not common to the general public. A dentist, for example, is usually treated as an expert witness on the stand because not everyone has the benefit of a dental education and experience in practice as a doctor. Many expert witnesses provide scientific and technical information.

Some  expert witnesses provide testimony, which is usually given after the witness has reviewed the relevant material and assembled factual information. These witnesses can be questioned by both the defense and the prosecution, and the opposing side may opt to bring in an expert witness of its own to rebut the testimony of the original witness.

Other expert witnesses may offer fact finding services without testifying.

Generally, the more qualified someone is, the more desirable he or she is as an expert witness. Example: a Dentist held in high esteem and a professor at a University dental School or institutions which set the standards in the area of expertise are generally more sought after, as are witnesses with ample publications to their names

What is Dental Malpractice?

Dental malpractice is a form of professional negligence where a dentist does not provide an adequate standard of care for a patient, and the patient experiences harm as a result. Patients can sue for damages, collecting funds to pay for any necessary medical treatment as well as pain and suffering the patient may have experienced. Dentists and other medical professionals carry malpractice insurance to help them respond to suits and cover any damage awards.

Dentists are held to a high standard of professional care because they receive advanced training and professional certifications, and clients expect their dentists to provide appropriate treatment. A dentist who injures a patient by failing to follow standards and practices of the industry, maybe committing professional malpractice. Mistakes, even if not intentional, can be grounds for a dental malpractice suit if a patient can show that the dentist didn’t exercise due care.

Dental malpractice can potentially leave patients with very high medical bills. They may need additional surgery to correct unfinished or inappropriately formed procedures. It is also possible to experience complications that may result in chronic disease and other problems. A dentist may, for instance, extract the wrong teeth, forcing the patient to get more extractions to pull the correct teeth and causing permanent discomfort for the patient. In some cases, it can even be fatal, in which case survivors of the patient would file suit to recover compensation for the loss of a family member.

Dentists use numerous procedures to keep their patients safe and maintain safe working conditions at their clinics. These include properly training staff, using informed consent for procedures, and interviewing patients carefully to collect a full medical history. Even with these measures, dental malpractice is a risk, and most dentists carry insurance so that in the event of a suit and damage award, the insurance will pay.

What is a Dental Expert Witness?

A dental expert witness provides testimony and information in legal proceedings on dentistry matters. As with all expert witnesses, dental expert witnesses explain concepts or interpret facts with knowledge that the average person does not possess. Used in both civil and criminal courts, dental experts usually testify about dental records, forensics, or other specialty areas in the field.

Attorneys also employ dental expert witnesses in criminal trials. In cases where dental evidence is important.  In more complex criminal cases, a forensic dental expert, for example, may be called in to testify about human remains where identification of a victim is only possible through dental records.

While the term dental expert witness implies that the expert will testify in court, this is not always so. Some dental experts simply provide background information for attorneys or provide a written, sworn statement about the evidence in a case, or give testimony in an out-of-court deposition.The expert may also help by suggesting specific lines of questioning. The expert also may provide dental examinations or interpret records, and attorneys will use the information in court without necessarily calling the dental expert to testify in person.

To become a dental expert witness:

  • A person must first earn a dentistry degree and
  • have a credible/comprehensive curriculum vitae

Opposing attorneys often call qualifications and experience into question in order to undermine testimony, so dental expert witnesses must build a solid professional resume. Thorough and accurate testimony also is a requirement, as attorneys will use any previous dishonesty or inaccurate testimony to undermine the credibility of the dental expert

 

Patient Education: Informed Consent

Patient education is often overlooked.  Just because the patient does not ask questions about the proposed treatment does not mean they understand what is going to be done and accept the treatment.

INFORMED CONSENT: includes identifying and educating the patient about the following six components.

  1. The “dentist” must present all treatment options.
  2. The “dentist” must discuss the advantages of each option.
  3. The disadvantages/limitations of each option must be talked about. 
  4. The risk of each option should be identified and adequately discussed.
  5. The cost of each option must be furnished.
  6. The outcomes of no-treatment should be discoursed.

The dentist/clinician is responsible for providing informed consent (education) to each patient and for each proposed treatment AND there are a variety of ways to do this including:

  • a well trained staff
  • visual aids
  • software and video programs, e.gs.,computers, TVs/DVDs, iPads or portable tablets.

Holistic Dentristy

The Holistic Dental Network defines the field as: “an approach to Dentistry that promotes health and wellness instead of the treatment of disease. This approach to Dentistry encompasses both modern science and knowledge drawn from the worlds great traditions on natural healing. Holistic Dentistry acknowledges and deals with the mind, body, and spirit of the patient, not just his or her “Teeth”.

Holistic dentistry may also be called alternative dentistry/ unconventional dentistry, biologic dentistry/ biocompatible dentistry emphasizing approaches for which is supposed to consider the patient’s dental health in the context of their entire general physical and/or emotional and/or also spiritual health in some cases. This is part of the alternative health movement.

Although the holistic dental community is very diverse in its practices and approaches, common threads include:

  • strong opposition to the use of amalgam
  • root canal fillings and,
  • nonsurgical approaches to gum disease.

Many practices and opinions among alternative dentists are criticized by the mainstream dental community.

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
SUCCOR CONSULTING, LLC
P.O. Box 328
Crescent City, CA 95531
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