Orthopaedic expert witnesses provide considerable support to the Courts in personal injury, medical negligence, criminal, and care proceedings. The complexity of the human musculoskeletal system means that without expert evidence, it is difficult to build a strong legal argument.
Our orthopaedic expert witnesses are experienced medical practitioners who have accumulated years of in-depth knowledge on bones and joints and their associated structures that enable movement – ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves. We provide clear, detailed reports and have considerable experience in appearing as a witness for both the Prosecution and Defence.
We are one of the busiest expert witness teams in England, Scotland, and Wales. In most circumstances, we can turn around a report in 14 days of assessing your client and the supporting document you have provided.
Below are the most frequent questions we are asked regarding orthopaedics and our team’s orthopaedic expertise.
What are common procedures associated with orthopaedics?
Due to the breadth of issues treated by orthopaedic surgeons and specialists, there are many procedures and treatments used to help patients, including:
- joint arthroscopy – used most commonly to investigate a patient’s knee, a thin telescope with a light is used to examine joint problems. It can spot signs of arthritis and highlight cartilage or ligament damage.
- repairing bone fractures – the type of work most commonly associated with orthopaedics is using metal screws, pins, rods, or plates to hold the bone in place.
- arthroplasty – the surgeon will replace entire joints following damage due to osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. The most common examples of this procedure are knee and hip replacements.
- general improvements on impaired muscles or tendons – where repairs are required due to trauma-related injuries or damage caused by progressive deterioration of the tissue
- corrective surgery – for example, patella (knee-cap) or shoulder realignment. These procedures are often carried out on babies and children as leaving the issue untreated could lead to further complications later in life.
Instructing our services and costs
If you would like to find out more about how our orthopaedic experts can assist in your legal matter, please call us on 01865 587865, email email@example.com, or request a call by completing our online form. We will arrange a time for you to speak to our orthopaedic expert who will listen to the details of the case and advise the best way forward.
Should you choose to engage our services, our orthopaedic expert will need as much information as possible on the case, including, but not limited to:
- Why the report is needed.
- The type of case (e.g. personal injury, criminal injury).
- The facts of the case and particulars of the claim.
- The current status of the patient.
- Witness statements.
- Medical notes (primary and hospital – where relevant).
- Any relevant dates and timescales the expert should be aware of (e.g. court dates)
If any other relevant information is available, this should also be provided (e.g. maps, photos, diagrams, correspondence, Court Orders).
Where necessary and appropriate, we can arrange for our orthopaedic expert to meet with the client to undertake a clinical examination.
The costs of the orthopaedic expert report will be explained in full at the outset and will be based on the time needed to undertake the assessment process and draft the report. If required, our orthopaedic expert witness will attend the Court hearing to provide evidence and answer any questions necessary.