by Jeffrey A. Krompier, Esq.
Frequent malpractice lawsuits and significant monetary verdicts have caused skyrocketing malpractice insurance premiums and a prevailing sense of fear among health care providers, and dental practitioners are certainly not exempt. Although there is little an individual practitioner can do in terms of universal tort reform, serving as a malpractice defense expert witness can help curtail baseless lawsuits on a case-by-case basis. In addition, such service offers the practitioner personal and professional rewards, such as the opportunity to stay current on standards of care, exciting educational opportunities, and financial compensation. In this straightforward book, an attorney with 30 years of experience defending health and dental care providers against malpractice suits offers dental clinicians essential advice and inside information regarding the requirements, skills, and assets that are needed to become a successful defense expert witness. From there, the text details the work involved in serving as an expert witness, such as case assessments and document reviews, expert opinions, depositions, and trial testimony. The author also offers helpful tips on building a curriculum vitae and marketing oneself as a malpractice defense expert witness, thereby providing the reader with all the tools required to enter into this unique service well prepared for success.