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I provide a medico-legal expert witness service based on my experience as follows:
I aim to provide high quality, objective medical advice and evidence. My medico-legal reports include a clear prognosis, the range of expert opinion and appropriate references. I strive for clarity, readability, and accuracy, with technical medical terms being avoided or explained. My report can generally be available within six to eight weeks of instruction. My area of Special interest is in Hand and Upper Limb Surgery.
I have expertise and experience in the following areas:
I comply with the relevant codes of conduct and guidelines of the:
Medico-legal work requires clear written instructions and a reasonable timescale. I am unable to work in areas outside my areas of expertise, which are described in the Introduction. I can usually see a claimant and prepare a report within 4 weeks of receipt of a letter of instruction, records and radiographs. Reasonable requests for more urgent reports can usually be accommodated.
The issuing of a Letter of Instruction implies that the solicitor has agreed to my Terms-Conditions-for-Medical-Reports and Fees Schedule. The solicitor must provide a Letter of Authority including a Statement of Confidentiality signed by the claimant.
My standard practice is to insist on payment prior to my sending the report to the solicitor. Because payment is made in advance of receipt of the report, I am prepared to amend my report where reasonable and necessary. Under the terms, I am prepared to receive payment within 30 days of issuing the invoice. There is no extra charge for amendments provided these amendments do not contradict the facts given to me by the claimant as recorded in my contemporaneous hand-written notes. More significant revision of the report will attract my Supplementary Reporting Fee or a further consultation with the claimant for the full medical report fee. My fees and arrangements for payment are irrespective of the funding status (e.g. Publicly Funded/Legal Aid) of the claimant.
I am not prepared to:
My fees should not be subject to taxation by the court.
Medical Records: Medical records and X-rays from hospitals and/or general practitioners should be requested by the instructing solicitor for the following reasons:
It is of significant benefit if the solicitor requests such records as early as possible. This speeds up considerably the preparation of a definitive report. If medical records arrive after my medical report has been prepared I am willing to supply additional relevant information in a supplementary letter. This will be without charge unless such information requires revision of my medico-legal opinion, in which case my Supplementary Reporting Fee will be charged. I am also willing to reply to written questions of clarification on the content of my report without further charge.
General Practitioners’ records may be of limited value since legibility can be difficult. In addition, photocopied records may have pages, which cannot be definitely identified as belonging to the claimant. If it is likely that the General Practitioner has significant information relating to the medico-legal case it is preferable that a factual summary is sought directly from them.
My standard practice is a paperless service. If hard copies get sent to me, I will endeavour to return all copies of medical records to the solicitor with the completed medical report. The postage charge will be added to the invoice. This ensures that the solicitor holds all relevant documents.
Joint Statements: Following the preparation of a medical report I am willing to participate in the production of a Joint Statement after discussion with other expert witnesses. An indication of my fee for this work is given in my Fees Schedule but ultimately depends upon the time and work involved. I reserve the right to discuss and agree on this fee with the other expert(s) involved. In order that a satisfactory Joint Statement can be produced I would advise that we are given specific questions to answer and a reasonable timescale.
Joint Instructions: I will accept Joint Instructions in conformity with the Civil Procedure Rules (1998) on the understanding that my appointment is by a single requesting solicitor, who agrees to my Terms of Business and is responsible for my fee.
Unavailability: My availability for meetings or court appearances is generally known approximately 6 months ahead and it is important that it is established at the earliest opportunity. This is best arranged by email to
Intellectual property rights: unless otherwise agreed in writing, all rights of ownership in my medical report shall remain vested in me.
After completion of my report, I return copies of medical records to the solicitor. I keep copies of my reports and associated correspondence for five years.
Throughout these Terms of Business, the term “solicitor”shall include all other agents (e.g. insurance companies, medico-legal report agencies, compensation authorities, employers etc) who provide instructions to me requesting my medical expert witness services.
From 3rd January 2005, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon with a special interest in Hand and Upper Limb Surgery at East Surrey Hospital (Surrey and Sussex NHS Healthcare Trust).
Hand surgery is a specialised sub-division within Orthopaedic and Plastic surgery. The hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder, and nerves are infinitely complex. I am widely in refereed journals and have a Research doctorate (MS) from Bombay University. I am a member of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand, Bombay Orthopaedic Society, and the Indian Orthopaedic Association. I lecture locally, nationally and internationally. I hold the European Diploma of Hand Surgery awarded by the European Hand Society. In 2003-04, I worked at the Shoulder unit at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth. In 2002-03, I worked as a Consultant in Upper limb and Hand surgery at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey. In 2001-02, I worked as a National Fellow in Hand Surgery at Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham. I am a fully qualified Orthopaedic Surgeon from India and the UK. My interest and training in Hand Surgery started in 1990 when I was an Orthopaedic Resident in Bombay. I am very highly trained in trauma management from Portsmouth, Nottingham, Belfast and Bombay, all large teaching units with a first class trauma service. I have written several papers on Shoulder, wrist and Hand disorders including scaphoid and perilunate injuries, trapeziectomy, Rheumatoid hand and frozen shoulder. I am a member of Faculty on the Advanced Trauma Life Support course, Hand Surgery Course for the FRCS Orth in Nottingham, Basic Science and Hand Surgery course in Chertsey, for several years. I also take a keen interest in training junior doctors at the Surrey and Sussex NHS Trust. As part of Continuing Medical Education, I regularly attend meetings and courses.
I have carried out regular medico-legal work since Jan 2001 as Fellow in Hand Surgery, senior specialist registrar, and Locum Consultant. Since Jan 2005, I have regularly written reports and attended courses to improve my report writing and court skills.
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