Physiotherapy Expert Witness?

We provide physiotherapy expert witnesses and court reports

What is a physiotherapy expert witness?

Physiotherapy helps to restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness, or disability.

Physiotherapists often work alongside people affected by a variety of conditions such as:

  • Neurological (e.g. following stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s).
  • Neuromusculoskeletal (back pain, whiplash, sports injuries, arthritis).
  • Cardiovascular (rehabilitation after a heart attack).
  • Respiratory (asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis).

Physiotherapists often directly treat patients through specific massage techniques, exercise regimes and hydrotherapy. They may also be involved with recommending a programme of treatment or rehabilitation and with managing relevant services.

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How a specialist is a physiotherapy expert?

The most common training path into physiotherapy is via a three-year undergraduate degree. However, some physiotherapists may have completed a master’s degree or an apprenticeship.

Once qualified, physiotherapists can choose to join the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, which requires continual updates of skills and training.

Many physiotherapists choose to specialise in a particular area such as sports injuries, critical care, or work with the elderly, children, or people with cancer. They may be based within the health sector or work outside these organisations for example, with sports teams or in their own clinic.

Why might you need to instruct an physiotherapy expert witness?

Physiotherapy expert witnesses can be instructed in a variety of cases in both civil and criminal proceedings. This may include cases of clinical negligence and personal injury. Physiotherapists may be asked to give an opinion in criminal cases, for example whether an individual would have been capable of committing an alleged crime in the context of their physical injury or disability. Physiotherapy Needs Reports may be requested in order to establish the needs of children or vulnerable adults and whether these needs are met by the relevant health, social or educational provision in place. These reports must provide a clear indication of the individual’s current and likely future physiotherapy needs including equipment, therapy, and associated costs and length of time required.

An example of a case requiring expert evidence from a physiotherapist would be to establish the extent of an individual’s needs following a back injury sustained during manual handling in the workplace. This would include the type and length of time of recommended therapy to restore/improve movement and pain, equipment needed to sustain daily function and associated costs (quantum).

Other incidences where an expert in physiotherapy may be instructed include:

  • Sports injuries
  • Occupational injuries
  • Whiplash (and other road traffic accident injuries)
  • Head and spinal cord injuries
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Amputation
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Erb’s palsy
  • Occupational health
  • Equipment adaptation needs
  • Inappropriate treatment / touching
  • Clinical negligence and breach of duty

What experts does Expert Court Reports have?

We have two highly experienced and well-respected physiotherapy expert witnesses on our panel, Dr Augustine Aluko and Mr Multazim Zia

Dr Augustine Aluko is an experienced musculoskeletal physiotherapist who provides expert evidence in criminal and civil proceedings. His expertise includes musculoskeletal injuries, orthopaedics and sports injuries. Dr Aluko is instructed by the legal profession for civil cases and various police forces across the country, being an expert for the National Crime Agency. Cases undertaken include clinical negligence, breach of duty, personal injury, inappropriate treatment/touching, professional standards/misconduct and joint expert meetings.

Mr Multazim Zia is a clinical director in physiotherapy who provides expertise in medico-legal reports, rehabilitation, musculoskeletal injuries, personal injuries, care needs and acute/chronic conditions. Mr Zia has dealt with a range of conditions such as (but, not limited to): whiplash, sprains, strains, impingements, degenerative issues, back pains, tendinopathies and neuromuscular problems.

Why use Expert Court Reports?

A good physiotherapy 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 physiotherapy experts, Dr Aluko and Mr Zia, have many years of clinical practice and established experience of acting as expert witnesses.

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 a physiotherapy expert witness

If you would like to find out more about how our physiotherapy expert witnesses 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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