What is a plastic surgeon?
A plastic surgeon repairs and reconstructs missing or damaged tissue and skin. The main purpose of plastic surgery is to restore the function and appearance of tissue and skin to make it as close to normal as possible.
What is the difference with cosmetic surgery?
Many cosmetic surgeons are plastic surgeons by background but not all cosmetic surgeons are plastic surgeons. For example, a breast augmentation operation may be carried out by a breast surgeon as well as a plastic surgeon. Many plastic surgeons concentrate on repair and restoration of damaged tissue and skin; not all plastic surgeons choose to provide cosmetic surgery.
Why might you need to instruct a plastic surgeon as an expert witness?
As with any area of medicine, claims of clinical negligence may arise in plastic surgery. For example, it may be claimed that a reconstructive procedure has failed or had an adverse outcome because of negligent practice. Therefore, you may require a plastic surgeon expert witness to consider you case to establish injury, causation, and prognosis. But plastic surgeon expert witnesses are not limited to cases of medical negligence. Plastic surgeon expert witnesses may, for example, be instructed to assess scarring from an accident, assault or traumatic event. Other common instructions include reports about burns and hand injuries.
What plastic surgery experts does Expert Court Reports have?
We have an experienced and well-respected plastic surgeon expert witness who works on our panel. Mr Jeremy Birch is a consultant plastic surgeon at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and the Great Western Hospital in Swindon. He has a specialist interest in breast reconstruction and the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. Mr Birch does not accept instructions relating to claims of medical negligence following cosmetic surgery procedures. As with all our experts, Mr Birch will only take a case which falls safely into his area of expertise. This is the mark of a good and reliable expert witness.
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.