This comprehensive guide to medico-legal report writing in civil claims bridges the 'communication void' that often exists between medical experts and the lawyers who instruct them. The book explains the legal principles and rules of court that must be applied in writing reports, gives guidance on the report's content and format, and provides practical forensic writing skills. The text includes exploration of the difficulties that medical experts have with the civil standard of proof and guidance for medical experts on how to report effectively on causation issues in straightforward and complex claims. It also offers detailed guidelines on: a wide variety of heads of claim; disability in the domestic and employment setting; acceleration, exacerbation, exaggeration and malingering; practical issues relating to video evidence; and provides an explanation of the expert's role in reporting on clinical negligence claims.
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Giles Eyre is a barrister practising from chambers at 9 Gough Square, London. He specialises in personal injury and clinical negligence claims. Lynden Alexander is a communications and forensic consultant at Professional Solutions Learning and Development. They both have many years of experience in giving workshops and seminars to medico-legal experts in report writing and court room skills.Review:
James Badenoch Q.C: 'This is an important and admirable book - thorough, lucid and extremely practical - it will be an invaluable resource for all who are concerned with medico-legal work.' Professor Rosaleen McCarthy: 'I found the book interesting, informative and helpful. It does an excellent job of explaining what lawyers really need from an expert report, with clear examples of how best to present complex information. It will have a big influence on how I approach my medico-legal reporting in the future. I shall certainly recommend it to my colleagues.' Dr Ejaz Ansari, Consultant Ophthalmologist: 'The perfect guide for those both new and experienced in the area of medico-legal work.' Dr Sam Rowlands, Specialist in contraception and sexual health: 'As an experienced expert witness, I read this book from cover to cover and immediately made significant changes to the wording of my reports. Any serious expert should read this book and take heed of its messages.' Mr Jim Kernohan, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon: 'When it comes to writing medico-legal reports the court appointed expert needs a reference book. This is an admirable Vade Mecum equally relevant to beginner and the long experienced. The authors complement each other - being a barrister and a forensic communication expert. For the beginner, the basic principles are clearly explained. For the well-versed, the necessary approach to complicated and difficult issues is set out in a practical and user friendly way. The text of 344 pages can be easily navigated. 10 chapters are complimented by 7 appendices, with a working index. The content is written - as with most legal documents - with numbered paragraphs, which allows easy reference.'
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