Occupational Medicine Expert Witness

We provide Occupational Medicine expert witnesses and court reports

What is an Occupational medicine expert witness?

Doctors in occupational medicine work as specialist clinicians and advisors to both employers and employees on the relationship between work and health. They may work in the NHS, large industrial organisations, armed forces or in the private health sector.

Occupational medicine experts deal with a wide range of clinical issues in the occupational setting. This may include anything from radiation exposure to noise-induced hearing loss. Their expertise also encompasses psychological issues such as work-related stress and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Doctors in occupational medicine also deal with wider health and environmental factors such as industrial hygiene, ergonomics, and policy development.

Occupational medicine expert witness

How specialist is an occupational medicine expert?

All doctors in occupational medicine will have completed two years of foundation medical and surgical training, followed by at least six years of specialist training in occupational medicine. Some doctors in occupational medicine choose to specialise in areas such as:

  • Aviation medicine,
  • Radiation medicine
  • Infection control
  • Public health and
  • Occupational dermatology

Many will also become involved in teaching and research.

Another path into the speciality is the Diploma in Occupational Medicine. This is designed for medical practitioners who are working in another field, for example, general practice, but have a special interest in occupational medicine.

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

As experts in occupational medicine specialise in the relationship between work and health, medico-legal work in this field is often concerned with work-related illness and injury.

As example of a case requiring an expert in occupational medicine would be a client suffering from foreseeable work-related stress leading to psychological disorder. This was the case in Hiles v South Gloucestershire NHS Primary Care Trust , following which an employee was awarded £62,000 in damages after suffering severe work-related stress which was considered to have been foreseeable by the employer.

Occupational medicine experts may also become involved in judicial reviews concerned with occupational health and safety laws. In 2020 the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain brought an application for judicial review in the High Court due to concerns over working conditions for independent lower paid workers during the Covid-19 virus pandemic. This included a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) and failure to implement social distancing. The success of this claim means that employers may receive more exposure to Covid-19 virus related health and safety civil claims. These claims are also likely to involve an occupational medicine expert.

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

  • Medical toxicology (medical effects of exposure to chemicals) 
  • Occupational hazards within the NHS 
  • Work related stress and burnout 
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Noise-induced hearing loss 
  • Radiation exposure
  • Industrial lung disease such as:
    – Asthma
    – Asbestosis
    – Mesothelioma
  • Work-related limb disorders
  • Fitness for work, disability assessment and discrimination
  • Working with pain including:
    – Chronic pain,
    – Work-related limb disorders
    – Back pain and
    – Complex regional pain syndrome

What occupational medicine experts does Expert Court Reports have?

We have a highly experienced and well-respected occupational medicine expert witness on our panel, Dr Brendan Dooris. Dr Dooris has prior training as a surgeon and worked in emergency medicine before specialising in occupational medicine. He now has a particular interest in soft tissue injuries, employer liability and general medical problems. He has extensive experience in medico-legal work including preparing joint statement and attending court.

Why use Expert Court Reports?

A good Occupational 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 Occupational medicine expert, Dr Brendan Dooris, 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.

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If you would like to find out more about how our Occupational medicine 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.

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