What is a podiatry expert witness?
Podiatry is concerned with conditions of the feet and lower legs, including a range of mobility issues, pain, and infections. Depending on experience and training, the range of skills utilised by podiatrists can include prescribing certain medications, injection therapy and non-invasive surgery, for example performing partial or total nail resection and removal. Some conditions may require more invasive bone and joint surgery, which can be performed by a podiatric surgeon.
Podiatrists often work with people affected by:
- Diabetes and associated circulation problems
- People with stress injuries of the feet (for example, dancers)
- Children with lower limb pain or problems walking
- Sports injuries
Why might you need to instruct an podiatry expert witness?
Podiatry 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. Some podiatrists are particularly experienced in forensic podiatry and may be asked to give an opinion in criminal cases, for example by reviewing CCTV footage and analysing footwear.
An example of a case requiring expert evidence from a podiatrist would be if a client has undergone podiatric surgery for correction of hallux valgus (bunion) and has suffered avoidable complications as a result. Complications of bunion surgery can include chronic residual pain, amputation of toes, infection, and gait pathology. This can subsequently result in significant disruption to an individual’s day to day life and employment.
What experts does Expert Court Reports have?
We have a highly experienced and well-respected podiatry expert witness on our panel, Mr Ben Boshell. Mr Boshell is highly experienced in a wide array of areas in podiatry including diabetic footcare, biomechanics, musculoskeletal assessments, and podiatric surgery. Mr Boshell has previously worked in podiatric surgery based at St James’ Hospital, Portsmouth. He has also worked as part of an NHS diabetes and podiatric surgery team at Buxton Hospital.
Mr Boshell has completed the Cardiff University Bond Solon Expert Witness Certificate training and has experience in medico-legal work relating to personal injury and medical negligence.
How quickly a report be provided?
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.