Dr Abhi Pal offers the services of an Independent Expert Witness in dental matters. His work includes clinical assessments, reports and attendance at courts and hearings. He has been receiving instructions from solicitors since 2001 in dento-legal matters. He was a Dental Adviser to Heart of Birmingham PCT from 2001 to 2013 during which time he routinely gave clinical advice in the management of dental complaints. He has been awarded the Expert Witness Certificate from Cardiff University Law School.
His combined experience in clinical matters (particularly related to general dental practice), teaching, and dento-legal matters allows him to provide independent, objective and impartial opinions based on current good practice in dentistry. He receives instructions from both claimant solicitors as well from dentists’ insurance companies. His claimant:defendant ratio is 60:40. In addition he has been instructed by regulatory bodies such as the General Dental Council in Professional Conduct cases.
His field of expertise is any treatment or other matter related to general dental practice, restorative dentistry (crowns, bridges, fillings, root treatments, gum disease), dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, and NHS dentistry. He provides reports for cases involving personal injury (involving damage to the face and teeth through accidents), breach of duty of care and professional conduct. Dr Pal is fully conversant with the duty of experts as laid down in the Civil Procedure Rules Part 35 and with court protocol.
Appointments for clinical assessments can normally be provided within 7 to 10 days at the University Dental and Implant Centre, Birmingham. Reports can be provided within 3 weeks. Arrangements can be made to process urgent cases within a shorter timescale.
In order to discuss a potential case, in the first instance please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that Dr Pal normally works through instructions from insurers, solicitors and regulatory bodies. Instructions through other sources may not meet the requirements of the Civil Procedure Rules, although he may be able to discuss cases informally.