Emergency Medicine Expert Witness

What is an emergency medicine expert witness?

Doctors in emergency medicine carry out the immediate assessment and treatment of patients with serious and life-threatening illnesses and injuries. Most doctors in emergency medicine mainly work in accident and emergency departments, however, they may also work in settings such as minor injuries units, regional trauma centres and acute admissions wards. Emergency medicine covers the entire lifespan and emergencies in all sub-specialities of medicine, surgery, and psychiatry. Doctors in emergency medicine are not expected to be specialists in these areas but must exercise a huge range of clinical skills to assess and prioritise patients. 

Emergency Medicine

How a specialist is an emergency medicine expert?

All doctors in emergency medicine will have completed two years of foundation medical and surgical training, followed by at least six years of training in fields of emergency medicine. Depending on the training programme, this could include several years of training in surgery, acute internal medicine, and anaesthetics.

Some consultants in emergency medicine will be considered subspecialists. This indicates that they have completed extra training to attain a higher level of expertise in a certain area of the specialty. The main subspecialties in emergency medicine are:

  • Paediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine
  • Intensive Care Medicine

Some specialists in emergency medicine have experience in critical event and disaster medicine, and work in specific areas such as the air ambulance to provide emergency care in these situations.

Why might you need to instruct an emergency medicine expert witness?

As with any area of medicine, things can go wrong, and often emergency medicine expert witnesses will be instructed in cases of clinical negligence and personal injury. Expert evidence plays a central role in informing the court

regarding the relevant standard of care in medical litigation. Expert witnesses are often instructed to provide “quantum reports” to help the court calculate compensation. An example of a case requiring expert evidence from an emergency medicine physician would be a patient who presented to an accident and emergency department with abdominal pain in whom acute appendicitis was missed. This can potentially lead to a ruptured appendix, bacterial peritonitis (severe infection in the abdomen), death of the abdominal tissue, and eventually, can be fatal. It may lead to a patient requiring more invasive and extensive surgical procedures, with associated heightened risks.

Other incidences where an expert in emergency medicine may be instructed include: 

  • Major trauma, including head and spinal cord injuries 
  • Whiplash 
  • Low-velocity impact injuries 
  • Fatal injury claims 
  • Resuscitation injuries from road traffic accidents 
  • Medical emergency events 
  • Workplace or sporting accidents 
  • Negligence or clinical malpractice in emergency care 
  • Aeromedical care 
  • Acute management of burns 
  • Cauda equina diagnosis 
  • Assault, including non-accidental injuries in children 

What experts does Expert Court Reports have?

We have two highly experienced and well-respected emergency medicine expert witnesses on our panel.

Mr Vincent Kika is a consultant in emergency medicine at Darent Valley Hospital. He has a background in trauma and orthopaedics. He has considerable clinical experience in the management of all Accident and Emergency related illnesses and injuries and has interests in emergency cardiology, advanced trauma life support, trauma and orthopaedics, clinical negligence, and personal injury claims. Mr Kika is a qualified solicitor of England and Wales and a member of the Law Society. He currently works part-time as an assistant solicitor at Powell and Company solicitors in London, where he is actively involved in screening clinical negligence and personal injury cases.

Dr David Hodgson is an Emergency medicine consultant. He has been providing opinions on clinical negligence and personal injury cases since 2018 for many hospital trusts.

Why use Expert Court Reports?

A good emergency medicine expert witness should come with years of clinical experience as well as specific competencies to act as an expert witness. Look for someone who has established expert witness experience. Our emergency medicine experts, Dr Kika and Dr Hodgson, both have many years of clinical practice and established experience of acting as expert witnesses.

How quickly can you provide a report?

At Expert Court Reports Ltd, we understand the pressures of the legal profession. We recognise that litigation is subject to defined timescales and for this reason, we will be as flexible and accommodating as we are able to be. However, we pride ourselves on not promising work that cannot be reliably delivered within a given timescale. The quality of the evidence which is provided by our experts is subject to review and scrutiny. All expert reports are subject to a detailed and robust proofreading process to ensure that our expert evidence is accurate and expertly formatted.

Instructing an emergency medicine expert witness

If you would like to learn more about how our emergency medicine expert witnesses could assist you, please call us on 01865 587865, email office@expertcourtreports.co.uk, or request a quote by completing our online form.