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.
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.
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.
Mr Michael Saab has been a consultant in emergency medicine for 24 years. He is currently based in Wigan. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine and of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He is also a fellow of the Expert Witness Institute and a Member of the Academy of Experts. He holds a diploma in Legal Medicine (DLM). He is frequently instructed by both claimant and defendant organisations to advise the Court in cases of alleged clinical negligence and has prepared expert witness reports for the General Medical Council, the Irish Medical Council, and various medical defence organisations. He has a special interest in low-velocity impact whiplash injuries and has been instructed in such cases numerous times over the years.
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.
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If you would like to learn more about how our emergency medicine expert witnesses could assist you, please call us on 01865 587865, email email@example.com, or request a quote by completing our online form.