What is an occupational therapist expert witness?
Occupational therapist expert witnesses are instructed as expert witnesses in both personal injury and clinical negligence cases.
Why might you need to instruct an occupational therapist expert witness?
Occupational therapist expert witnesses may be commissioned to write reports on duty of care, such cases are less common than cases in which an occupational therapist expert witness is required to quantify damages/compensation where a person has been injured as a result of an injury caused by the negligence of another person.
What sorts of cases might an occupational therapist expert witness take on?
Occupational therapy expert witnesses have various areas of expertise, including:
- Care (what were the past and what are the future care costs)
- Equipment (what equipment and adaptation a person might need?)
- Rehabilitation (what were the past and what are the future therapy needs?)
- Vocational/functional capacity (forming opinions on work-related skills and abilities)
- Loss of service (forming opinions about a person’s ability, and their support requirements to enable the claimant to resume roles and responsibilities)
Other types of assessments that an occupational expert witness may take on include:
- Sensory assessments
- Cognitive and mental health assessment including memory assessments
- Holistic social/psychosocial assessments
What occupational therapist expert witnesses does Expert Court Reports have?
We have an experienced occupational therapist expert witness who works on our panel. Miss Laura Oxby is an experienced occupational therapist who is based in the West Midlands. She has extensive experience as an occupational therapist working in the field of physical disability and mental health across the NHS, local authority and the independent sector. As an NHS occupational therapist, Laura has experience working within acute medicine, urgent care/A&E and within the community.
Laura currently works as a clinical lead within an integrated community rehabilitation service which involves working with adults with a very wide variety of disabilities within their home environment. This work includes the recommendation for specialised equipment and major housing adaptations; manual handling assessments, assessment and delivery of complex rehabilitation programmes and training for both families and statutory carers. Laura also has experience working within private sector and local authority services in the provision of specialist therapy intervention in the areas of learning difficulties, sensory deficit, mental health and personality disorder including community and secure forensic settings.
Why use Expert Court Reports?
A good occupational therapist witness should come with years’ of occupational therapy practice as well as specific competencies to act as an expert witness. Look for someone who has established expert witness experience. Laura Oxby has extensive and varied experience in report writing and complex case management along with her skills in leadership and management within the NHS. Laura has attended further training with on managing conflict, the management of complaints and clinical incidents and has completed recent training on Life coaching skills and Motivational interviewing along with Bond Solon accredited training.
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 Occupational Therapist
If you would like to find out more about how Miss Laura Oxby or Mr Redz Holyfield can assist in your legal matter, please call us on 01865 587865, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or request a call by completing our online form.