What are the key considerations when instructing an Ophthalmology expert witness?

Key considerations for enlisting an Ophthalmology Expert Witness

Ophthalmology is a branch of medicine that looks at the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the eye. As there are hundreds of eye-related conditions, it’s important to look at an expert witness’ background and expertise and make a selection depending on the complexities of the case in question. Some common eye conditions that might require support from an Ophthalmology expert witness include Cataracts, Astigmatism or age-related Macular Degeneration.

In this blog, we will look at the key areas you should consider if you’re looking for expert medical advice for lawyers.

What type of legal cases would require an Ophthalmology expert witness?

An Ophthalmology expert witness would be required to act as a medical witness for court in both personal injury and clinical negligence cases.

Personal injury medical experts might be required for cases where an injury has occurred at work, through road traffic accidents or assaults which result in an eye injury. The expert witness would need to assess the extent of the injury and the impact on the victim’s life.

Clinical negligence medical experts are required for cases are typically where the patient has suffered eye damage due to negligence during assessment, surgery or ongoing treatment. The Ophthalmology expert would need to testify about the required standard of care in the Ophthalmology profession, the breach of the standard and the harm that has occurred as a result.

The expert witness is required to determine the cause of an eye injury and evaluate whether the alleged incident or negligence directly caused the eye injury/condition.

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How would an Ophthalmology expert witness assist you with your case?

An Ophthalmology expert witness would be required to determine the impact the changes in sight will have on an individual, which will help to assess the likely damages a claimant could receive. They might need to consider:

  • The extent of the blindness or visual impairment
  • Any pain and discomfort that the claimant is experiencing which might impact their quality of life.
  • If they are at greater risk of accident as a result of their visual impairment
  • The impact the visual impairment has had on their overall wellbeing and mental health.
  • The financial impact that a long-term eye condition will have on their life
  • If the eye injury/condition is likely to impact their ability to engage in education or maintain employment.

Finding the right Ophthalmology expert witness

Understanding an expert witness’ clinical background is critical when looking for a medical expert for legal cases.  In many instances, our expert witnesses would hold a consultant position within the NHS and/or private practice. They would hold regular clinics for their expert witness work, so that they can assess the patient.

Depending on the medico-legal advisory services required for the case in question, you might need an Ophthalmology expert witness with expertise in some of the following conditions:

  • Corneal surgery, including transplants.
  • Ocular surface treatments
  • Cataract surgery (routine and complex)
  • Traumatic cataracts, dense white cataracts
  • Post-vitrectomy eyesight pupils,
  • Post uveitis
  • Floppy iris syndrome
  • Pseudo exfoliation
  • Vitreo-Retinal surgery

Choosing the best Ophthalmology expert for your specific case

When looking for medico-legal advisory services, it’s important to look at an expert’s clinical background and the volume of medico-legal reports they have written.  An expert witness is required to work for the court, which is why our expert witnesses provide expert witness reports for both the Defendant and the Claimant.

One of Expert Court Reports’ Ophthalmology expert witnesses, Mr Kurt Spiteri Cornish, has completed 56% of cases for the Defendant and 44% of cases for the Claimant, whereas another of our Ophthalmology expert witnesses, Mr Leyland, has provided personal injury and medical negligence reports with an approximate 25% defendant ration and 75% claimant ratio. Mr Sumith Perera also provides expert witness reports for both the prosecution and defence and has clinics in Reading, Salisbury and London to conduct assessments.

You might also wish to understand which professional bodies the experts belong to. Our Ophthalmology expert witnesses are members or fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (UK) and the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons.

How to instruct an Ophthalmology expert witness?

Our Ophthalmology Expert Witnesses have a range of clinics available to undertake Ophthalmology assessments.

If you would like to learn more about how our Ophthalmology Experts can assist in your legal matter, please call us on 01865 587865, email office@expertcourtreports.co.uk, or request a call by completing our online form.