Hepatobiliary Surgery Expert Witness

What is a Hepatobiliary surgery expert witness?

Hepatobiliary surgeons are highly specialized medical professionals dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of disorders affecting the liver, gallbladder, pancreas and bile ducts. Their expertise encompasses a wide range of complex surgical procedures, including liver resections, transplantations, gallbladder removals, and interventions for conditions like cholecystitis (gall bladder infections) and bile duct obstruction.

How specialist is a hepatobiliary surgery expert?

All hepatobiliary surgeons complete an average of five years at medical school, followed by a two-year foundation training program, gaining a broad-based clinical experience in various medical specialities. To specialise in hepatobiliary surgery, trainees will then complete an average of eight years of specialist surgical training.

After completing core surgical and hepatobiliary training, surgeons can further subspecialise in areas such as liver transplantation, advanced laparoscopic hepatobiliary surgery, or pancreatic surgery. Subspecialisation often involves pursuing fellowships or advanced training programs, typically lasting one to two years.

Why might you need to instruct a Hepatobiliary surgery expert witness?

Hepatobiliary surgery expert witnesses may be instructed for an expert opinion in any case involving a problem with the liver, gall bladder, bile ducts and sometimes pancreas. As with any other area of medicine, sometimes things go wrong and this can lead to adverse clinical outcomes, particularly if the expected standard of care is not met. For this reason, hepatobiliary surgical experts are often instructed in cases of alleged medical malpractice involving hepatobiliary procedures, offering expert evidence on whether the standard of care was met and if any errors or negligence occurred during surgery or post-operative care.

An example of a case requiring evidence from a hepatobiliary expert witness would include a patient who received a routine cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal) due to gall stones, who went on to develop peritonitis (sepsis in the abdominal cavity) leading to septic shock, which can be fatal. This is a rare complication of laparoscopic gall bladder surgery, but the chances of this occurring are increased when the correct operating procedures are not adhered to.

Similarly, hepatobiliary surgery experts may give evidence in personal injury claims when claimants have suffered injuries or complications related to hepatobiliary surgeries or treatments. An expert hepatobiliary surgeon can aid the court in evaluating the extent of the injury, its causation, and its impact on the claimant’s life.

Other incidences where a hepatobiliary surgery expert may be instructed include:

  • Liver transplant disputes (disagreements regarding organ transplant eligibility, organ allocation, or post-transplant complications)
  • Criminal cases involving alleged poisoning or injury to the liver due to toxins or drugs. A hepatobiliary surgeon can provide expert opinions on the cause and extent of liver damage and its implications for the case.
  • Informed Consent Issues: a hepatobiliary surgeon may be consulted to determine whether a patient was adequately informed about the risks and benefits of a hepatobiliary procedure, and whether proper consent was obtained.
  • Cases involving preventable liver damage and fatty liver disease.
  • Cases involving soft tissue cancers (sarcoma)
  • Organ damage to the liver, pancreas or gall bladder caused by trauma, in workplace accidents, road traffic accidents, or child protection cases.

What experts does Expert Court Reports have?

We have a highly experienced and well-respected hepatobiliary expert witness on our panel, Miss Maria Coats.

Miss Coats is a Consultant Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgeon at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. Her clinical practice involves general surgery (hernia) and emergency general surgery (appendicitis, peritonitis, abdominal trauma, bowel obstruction, acute cholecystitis). She has a specialist interest in complex benign and malignant hepatobiliary disease with a further sub-specialist interest in acute and chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic surgery. She is an elective pancreaticobiliary surgeon and endoscopist with expertise in OGD, ERCP, Spyglass and Endoscopic Ultrasound. She also has a good understanding of the law, having completed an LLB in Scots Law and the Diploma in Legal Medicine.

Why use Expert Court Reports?

A good Hepatobiliary surgery 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 Hepatobiliary surgery expert, Miss Coats, has many years of clinical practice and established experience of acting as an expert witness.

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 expert witness

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