A Dentist's Best Legal Defense is Their Dental Team

Mitchell Gardiner, D.M.D., has had a great deal of experience as an expert witness in dental malpractice cases. Among the many things this experience has taught him is that successful defense of dental malpractice suits involves the entire dental team – not just the doctor. In this clip, Gardiner, who is also a clinical instructor in restorative dentistry at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, explains how your team can help you.

Mitchell Gardiner, D.M.D., has had a great deal of experience as an expert witness in dental malpractice cases. Among the many things this experience has taught him is that successful defense of dental malpractice suits involves the entire dental team — not just the doctor. In this clip, Gardiner, who is also a clinical instructor in restorative dentistry at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, explains how your team can help you.

Interview Transcript (Modified for Readability)

“My experience really goes to the court. I’m a general dentist and I’ve been practicing for 40 years. But I’ve had about 25 years as an expert witness in the court of law. I oftentimes see that when dentists get sued, there are ancillary people on their team that get called in to testify: hygienists, assistants, sometimes front-office staff people. When I read all of the materials in a case to give an opinion about it. The actions of a lot of the people in the office can help and defend a dentist. I decided, with the caseload I have had from experience, that I’d like to teach that so that entire staffs — dentists and their staffs – get a feel for what’s important on a day-to-day basis in a dental practice.”

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