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.
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.
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.
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.