MEDICO-LEGAL 2017-08-10T12:52:49+00:00

MEDICO-LEGAL SERVICES

Dr Smithson offers medico-legal services on the basis of either Witness of Fact or Expert Witness. This should be established prior to instructing Dr Smithson. For the avoidance of doubt:

Witness of Fact:

This is limited to:

  1. A clinical and radiographic (if necessary) examination of the client; in addition to any further special tests.
  2. A Statement of Fact. A typed report detailing the client’s dental problems at the time of the examination. This specifically excludes (but is not limited to) opinions on previous dental conditions, prognosis of current conditions, projected future costs etc.

Expert Witness*:

This includes:

  1. A clinical and radiographic examination (if necessary), clinical photography, any further tests as determined
  2. A review of the client’s case-notes.
  3. An Expert Witness Statement. This includes a report on the client’s present condition, an outline of their previous dental history, potential corrective treatment options and estimated fees, and projected future costs and prognosis. Where appropriate this will be supported with current academic references.
  4. Copies of radiographs (x-rays) and clinical photography (on request)
  • Dr Smithson’s area of expertise is that of adhesive aesthetic dentistry: including (but not limited to) composite resin restorations (“white fillings”), tooth whitening, dental crowns/bridges/veneers and the restoration of dental implants. Specifically excluded from this are the areas of endodontics (root canal therapy), periodontics (gum therapy) and oral surgery. He does not venture opinion on the psychological aspects of dental disease/injury. Dr Smithson is currently NOT on any of the Specialist Registers of The General Dental Council.

Qualified at the Royal London Hospital in 1995; achieving a number of awards including The Constance Klein Memorial, The Stafford Millar, and The Malcolm Jenkins Scholarships, The American Association of Endodontics Prize and the Overall Award for Clinical Dentistry.

After spending 3 years in oral surgery residency in London and a further year practicing restorative dentistry in London’s Harley Street Medical District, he relocated to Cornwall in the extreme southwest of England. Jason practices at Pure Dental Health and Wellbeing, Cornwall, UK where his main focus is microscope enhanced adhesive dentistry.

His specific interest is direct composite resin artistry and minimally invasive all ceramic restorations and he has presented to dentists locally, nationally and internationally (USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe) on this topic.

He is Clinical Director of The Post-Graduate Certificate in Restorative Dentistry at The Academy of Clinical Excellence in partnership with The Peninsula Dental School, Cornwall, UK and is a Post-Graduate Clinical Lecturer in both the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly and Plymouth Foundation Dental Practitioners Schemes. He has given hands on programs in the UK, Europe, Asia, Canada and USA on behalf of GC, Ivoclar, Kerr, Hereaus, Optident, Micerium, Carl Zeiss, Global, Velopex and Triodent.

He is a UK “Opinion Leader” for Cosmedent (Enlighten Smiles), A European “Key Opinion Leader” for Hereaus-Kulzer and is a member of the European Restorative Advisory Board for GC Europe.

Jason is Resident Faculty at The Centre for Esthetic Excellence, Chicago, USA. He is an Accredited International Trainer for Carl Zeiss Dental Academy.

Jason has achieved Diplomat Status in Restorative Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons (England) He is on the Editorial Board of The Russian Journal of Esthetic Dentistry and has published numerous articles on adhesive and aesthetic dentistry in both the UK and abroad.

Reports are given on the basis of clinical examination of the client (ideally) or, in pre-arranged circumstances, review of clinical notes: the circumstances of review are specified in the report.

The Clinical Examination

The initial examination is scheduled for 60 minutes: the fee for this (2017) is £350. Small x-rays and clinical photography is included in the fee. A small additional fee is payable for copies of special tests.

In the event that the client fails to attend the clinical examination appointment with less than 48 hours notice the instructing body is liable for 100% of the examination fee: this will be invoiced and is payable within 30 days.

The Report

A signed hard copy of the report will be made available within 30 days of clinical examination alongside a pdf version by email.

Fees for preparation of the report are raised on 15-minute increments of £350 per hour (2017).

For your guidance and reference: Statements of Fact typically require around 2 hours; Expert Witness Statements depend on the complexity of the case, however 4-8 hours is normal.

Court/Tribunal Appearances

Fees for court appearances are on a session basis:

  • Within The County of Cornwall: per am/pm session @ £1500 per session.

2) Outside The County of Cornwall a day rate of £3500 per day applies.

10 working days notice is requested for court appearances.

Cancellation Fees:

Less than 48 hours: 50% of fee.

Less than 5 working days: 25% of fee.

In the event of cancelation, the instructing body is liable for all non-refundable travel/accommodation costs (receipts will be provided)

Travel is either via standard class rail or car (@65p per mile) from Dr Smithson’s home residence.

For morning court appearances outside the County of Cornwall overnight accommodation is requested.

All other services (for example, but not limited to) reviewing case notes, replying to email/letters/telephone calls are invoiced at 15 minute increments @ £350 per hour.

Invoices are raised monthly at 1st of each month and sent via email: statements are payable within 30 days. Failure to settle in full within 30 days will result in cessation of services and referral of the account to a third party for collection. Interest is payable at Bank of England Rate + 1% on balances in excess of 30 days.

Instruction of Dr Smithson is understood to be an acceptance of these terms.
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