What is a neurology expert witness?
A neurologist is a doctor who specialises in the diagnosis, treatment and management of conditions affecting the brain and spinal cord, and disorders of the nerves and muscles that activate movement and transmit sensations from around the body to the brain. Neurologist expert witnesses are most often instructed to assist in cases where the assessment of the following neurological disorders is required:
- Neurodegenerative disease
- Memory disorders
- Brain injury
- Developmental disorders
- Multiple sclerosis
What sorts of cases might a neurologist expert witness take on?
In cases of clinical negligence, a neurologist expert witness might be asked to comment on the neurological care of a claimant. So, for example, if a claim is brought on the basis of alleged misinterpretation of an investigation, such as a CAT (computed axial tomography) scan, an MRI/MRA (magnetic resonance imaging/ magnetic resonance angiography), a lumbar puncture (spinal tap), an EEG (electroencephalography), or an EMG/NVC (electromyography/nerve conduction velocity), a neurologist expert witness may be instructed to establish whether the initial interpretation was negligent. In cases where failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis led to adverse clinical outcomes, the expert evidence of neurologist expert witnesses is key.
In cases of neurological injury, the injury may arise following an number of events, including:
- Injuries at work, such as machinery accidents and falling from a height
- Being hit by a falling object
- Being involved in a car accident, either as a pedestrian, road user, cyclist, or motorbike rider
In personal injury claims, neurologist expert witnesses are instructed to assess the condition, to establish prognosis, and to comment on causation―or whether the index event contributed to the neurological harm.
What neurologist experts does Expert Court Reports have?
We have an experienced neurologist expert witness who works on our panel. Dr Ioannis Mavroudis is an experienced consultant neurologist who has worked in a wide range of clinical and criminal justice settings. He currently works for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as a Consultant Neurologist. Dr Mavroudis is a member of the Leeds Motor Neurone Disease Team and he also works on the development of the local Functional Neurological Disorders Service. He has published an impressive number of scientific papers, demonstrating his expertise in his field.
As well as our consultant neurologist, we have an experienced consultant in stroke medicine, Dr Vasileios Papavasileiou. Dr Papavasileiou is employed by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, where he works in one of the busiest stroke departments. He is an honorary senior lecturer in the School of Medicine at the University of Leeds. He leads the clinical stroke research in his department, which is one of the Hyperacute Stroke Research Centres in England) and has a special interest in hyperacute stroke care, anticoagulation and antiplatelet treatment and secondary stroke prevention. Like Dr Mavroudis, Dr Papavasileiou is very well published and actively contributes to the literature in his specialist area of stroke medicine. Whilst Dr Papavasileiou is not a neurologist, his area of expertise overlaps with neurology expert evidence, given the neurological disorder which follows stroke.
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.