Neurosurgery Expert Witness

We provide neurosurgery expert witnesses and court reports

What is an neurosurgery expert witness?

Neurosurgeons are highly specialist doctors who diagnose and surgically manage disorders affecting the nervous system. This includes the peripheral nervous system and the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord).

Many experts in neurosurgery work within the NHS, however many others may work in the private health sector, have their own specialist clinics, or primarily work within research and teaching.

Neurosurgery can involve the treatment of a wide range of conditions affecting the nervous system. This may include trauma, degenerative and congenital disorders, tumours, and haemorrhage.

Neurosurgery Expert Witness

How specialist is a neurosurgery expert?

All doctors in neurosurgery must first complete medical school and then two postgraduate years of training as a foundation doctor. Specialty training in neurosurgery generally takes eight years, although many specialist neurosurgery trainees may take time out of clinical training to pursue further academic qualifications, such as a PhD, and research.

Some neurosurgeons may 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. This may include one or more of the following areas:

  • Paediatric neurosurgery
  • Neuro oncology (the management of brain and spinal tumours)
  • Spinal surgery
  • Functional neurosurgery (the management of conditions such as cerebral palsy)

Why might you need to instruct an neurosurgery expert witness?

As with any area of medicine things can go wrong, and often expert witnesses in neurosurgery 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 of clinical negligence requiring expert evidence from a neurosurgeon would be a missed case of cauda equina syndrome, a condition in which nerves in the upper lumbar region of the spine become compressed. A missed or delayed diagnosis of this condition could lead to permanent nerve damage.

Expert witnesses in neurosurgery may be called to give evidence on any matter which requires specialist knowledge of the central or peripheral nervous system. An example of a case requiring expert evidence from a neurosurgeon would be determining the extent of spinal damage caused by an accidental injury sustained during a traffic collision. Paediatric neurosurgeons may also be instructed to give evidence in cases pertaining to child protection matters, for example where head injuries have been sustained.

Other incidences where an expert in neurosurgery may be instructed include:

  • Brain tumours and brain cysts
  • Head injury/cranial trauma
  • Subarachnoid haemorrhage
  • Degenerative spine conditions (non-instrumented)
  • Paediatric neurosurgery
  • Cranial and spinal infection
  • Chronic subdural haematoma
  • Hydrocephalus/syrinx/CSF disorders
  • Cavernomas
  • Chiari malformation
  • Spina bifida and dysraphism

What experts does Expert Court Reports have?

We have a highly experienced and well-respected neurosurgery expert witness on our panel.

Mr Navneet Singh is a consultant neurosurgeon whose clinical practice includes cauda equina syndrome, paediatric neurosurgery, neuro-oncology, hydrocephalus, trauma, and non-instrumented spinal surgery. He holds a PhD in cerebral ischaemia and brain inflammation after subarachnoid haemorrhage and an MSc in Healthcare Leadership. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh and undertook subspecialist fellowship training in paediatric neurosurgery in Canada, followed by the brain tumour fellowship at St George’s Hospital, London to learn techniques including awake surgery and brain mapping. He has been a consultant adult and paediatric neurosurgeon at St George’s Hospital since 2018.

Mr Singh has experience in providing expert evidence for both the claimant and the defence. He regularly provides evidence for cases of clinical negligence, breach of duty and causation and has completed the Bond Solon Excellence in Report Writing course.

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 find out more about how our neurosurgery 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.