What is a thoracic surgery expert witness?
A thoracic surgeon is a highly specialized medical professional with expertise in the surgical treatment of conditions affecting the chest, particularly the organs within the thoracic cavity, such as the heart, lungs, oesophagus, and major blood vessels.
How specialist is a thoracic surgery expert?
All thoracic surgeons complete medical school and then two years of foundation training before specialising in cardiothoracic surgery and then sub-specialising in thoracic surgery. This usually takes between six and seven years.
Thoracic surgeons diagnose and treat many chest problems such as mediastinal tumours, cysts and infections.
The main areas of thoracic surgery are:
- Surgery for lung cancer, tumours and cysts
- Surgery on collapsed or infected lungs
- Pectus surgery (for chest wall deformities)
- Video-assisted thoracoscopy (VATS); a form of keyhole surgery which removes part or all of the lung.
Why might you need to instruct a thoracic surgery expert witness?
Thoracic surgery expert witnesses can be instructed to give expert evidence in any case involving injury or disease of the thorax. In criminal cases, a thoracic surgery expert may be able to assist the court by detailing the extent of damage a penetrative injury to the thorax has caused.
Thoracic surgeons are also commonly instructed following road traffic collisions due to chest wall, rib cage and lung injuries sustained, including seat belt injuries.
As with any area of medicine things can go wrong, and often expert witnesses in thoracic surgery are instructed in cases of clinical negligence and personal injury. Expert evidence plays a central role in informing the court regarding the relevant standard of care in medical litigation. Expert witnesses are often instructed to provide “quantum reports” to help the court calculate compensation. An example would be a patient suffering excessive bleeding during a VATS procedure due to carelessness in preparation. This can result in a patient having to undergo a thoracotomy if the bleeding cannot be contained.
Other incidences where a thoracic surgery expert may be instructed include:
- Lung cancer
- Mesothelioma (cancer of the lining of the lung)
- Empyema (infection)
- Diaphragm palsy
- Pneumothorax (lung collapse due to air)
- Pleural effusion
- Complications following chest drain insertion
- Thorax injury caused by violence
- Thorax injury caused by a road traffic incident including seat belt injury
- Thorax injury caused by an accident at work
What experts does Expert Court Reports have?
We have a highly experienced and well-respected thoracic surgery expert witness on our panel, Mr Vijay Joshi. Mr Joshi has undergone expert witness training with Bond Solon having attained the Cardiff University Bond Solon (CUBS) Civil Expert Witness Certificate. He has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Law and an LLB (hons).
Mr Joshi’s clinical focus is in minimally invasive surgery and general thoracic surgical oncology. He treats patients who require pleural surgery, thymic surgery, diaphragm palsy and hernia, chest wall tumour resection and reconstruction, lung volume reduction, airway and tracheal procedures as well as emergency thoracic surgery, including chest wall trauma. He has acquired experience in upper gastrointestinal surgery, mesothelioma, and extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) as part of his extensive training background.
Why use Expert Court Reports?
A good thoracic surgery 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 thoracic surgery expert Mr Vijay Joshi has 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 an expert witness
If you would like to find out more about how our thoracic surgery 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.