What is a paramedic expert witness?
A Paramedic is a medical professional who specialises in emergency treatment. They primarily work in accident and emergency departments and in the ambulance service, often provided life sustaining treatment until the patient reaches hospital. They are responsible for safely conveying patients with urgent problems safely to hospital and between hospitals, maintaining the stability of their condition and often completing certain investigations in transit.
Paramedics are able to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation including the use of a defibrillator. They can also manage the airway and use mechanical breathing where needed. Paramedics are responsible for assessing urgent situations in transit and may administer certain medications, including IV medications, for example in the case of a drug overdose. They work closely with other medical professionals such as doctors in handing over relevant medical information.
Paramedics may also work in other environments including quite remote locations where they may be the only medical professionals able to assess and treat urgent conditions. This may include:
- Oil rigs
- Cruise ships
- In air rescue transport
- Ocean rescue teams
- Firefighting teams
- Special events like music festivals
Why might you need to instruct a paramedic expert witness?
Paramedic expert witnesses may be instructed to give expert evidence in a wide array of cases. This most commonly involves cases concerning the impact of urgent care delivered in different scenarios.
In personal injury cases, a paramedic may be called to provide expert evidence regarding the extent and nature of injuries sustained by an individual. They can assist the court regarding the immediate medical care provided at the scene, the victim’s condition, and the likely cause and severity of injuries. This may include road traffic collisions and accidents causing significant trauma.
Paramedics may be called as expert witnesses in criminal cases where an injury or injuries have been sustained. They can also provide insights into the effects of drugs or toxins on a victim’s medical condition and/or presentation. This may also include road traffic collisions.
In cases of alleged clinical malpractice or negligence, paramedics may offer expert opinions on whether the care provided by medical professionals, including paramedics, met the standard of care expected in their field. They can assess the actions taken during emergency medical responses and whether they adhered to established protocols.
Paramedics can provide expert testimony in cases involving road traffic collisions, especially when the severity of injuries or the need for immediate medical attention is in question.
Paramedic experts may be called to participate in public inquiries or inquests related to incidents involving mass casualties, public health emergencies, or disasters. This can assist in understanding the emergency response and the medical care provided during such events.
In cases involving child abuse or neglect, paramedics may be asked to provide expert testimony regarding the physical condition and well-being of the child in question when they were called to the scene.
What experts does Expert Court Reports have?
We have a highly experienced and well-respected paramedic expert witness on our panel, Mr Malcolm Tallis.
Mr Tallis is a Paramedic and Clinical Team Mentor for West Midlands Ambulance Service. He has 18 years’ experience within prehospital care, with 12 years of mentoring students to become paramedics. He completed one year as an investigations officer, investigating serious incidents. These reports were regularly submitted to the Integrated Care Boards. He has a Master’s degree in Medical Law and Ethics.
Why use Expert Court Reports?
A good paramedic 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 paramedic expert Mr Malcolm Tallis has many years of established experience and clinical practice.
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 paramedic expert witness could assist you, please call us on 01865 587865, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or request a quote by completing our online form.