When instructing an orthopaedic expert witness, you want to know that they are not only an expert in their field but that they are certified and experienced in writing un-biased expert reports that can assist the Court. All of our expert witnesses reach that high standard.
One of our panel, Mr David Bryson FRCS (Tr & Orth), MRCS, BA (Sports Medicine, sat down with us to talk about his role as an orthopaedic expert witness, the satisfaction of investigating the extent and impact of an injury, and the importance of writing patient specific reports.
Thank you for speaking to us David. Could you please tell us a little about your medical background?
I actually grew up in the United States as my father is American and my mother is English. I did my undergraduate degree in Ohio, however, I have always had a soft spot for the NHS – it is an extraordinary institution, so I came to the UK in 2003 to enrol in medical school.
I have practiced in orthopaedics for almost 10 years and am a consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic and Adult Trauma Surgeon at The Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham.
What made you choose to specialise in orthopaedics?
I like the immediacy of being able to fix a patient’s pain and immobility immediately. Once a broken bone is repaired through surgery the patient will feel a difference straight away (although it may take some time to fully recover).
You also practice in paediatrics?
Yes, and I have a special interest in neuromuscular diseases such as cerebral palsy and spina bifida and child trauma. I get enormous satisfaction from helping a child who cannot walk become as mobile as their condition will allow.
What attracted you to writing expert reports?
Investigating the link (or broken link) between what a Claimant says, and their medical history and imagery is the part I find most fascinating. I like to delve down into a Claimant’s medical records and provide an accurate opinion as to their long term prognosis.
What are your main strengths when it comes to creating expert orthopaedic reports?
I am extremely efficient and can turn non-complex reports around in seven days. When it comes to establishing the current and long term prognosis of the Claimant’s injuries I ensure that I meticulously examine everything provided to me. My aim is to present a picture to a Solicitor of what has happened to their client and tell a story of how the prognosis has been reached. That does not mean that I write War and Peace type reports, I am conscious that Solicitors are always short on time and need to understand what has transpired in the initial summary.
One important aspect of my work as an expert orthopaedic witness is that the Solicitors who instruct me know that they can contact me to clarify anything included in the report. Because I don’t use a secretary I know everything that has been written in the report and have overseen every aspect of the process I can quickly answer any questions from the instructing Solicitor.
Finally, how do you ensure your reports meet the high standards required?
All the reports I write are patient-focused and focus on the individual and their specific medical history. I ensure there is enough detail in my reports to provide the Solicitor with confidence that they can present the findings to the court.
Mr David J Bryson is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in paediatric orthopaedics and general adult trauma. His specialist areas include paediatric neuromuscular pathology and paediatric trauma.
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