Lawyer Monthly - April 2022

When correctly delivered, witness opinion is often crucial to ensuring the most equitable outcome of a legal dispute. However, this may be undercut when an expert witness is unqualified for their role, or when a judge fails to correctly weigh the information presented. Orthopaedic surgeon and expert witness Richard Scott-Watson explores these and other obstacles to justice here. About Richard Scott-Watson I am Mr Richard Scott-Watson BSc (Hons) MB BS LLB (Hons) (Open) CUEW DDAM FRSC (Ed). I have been writing medicolegal reports on aspects of Orthopaedic Trauma since 1990 and have completed in excess of 25,000. I also do a small number of reports on Disability Discrimination/ Equality Act matters for industrial tribunal cases. Clinics in Stourbridge, Birmingham, Coventry, Bristol and Faringdon (SN7), plus prison and home visits. Richard Scott-Watson Orthopaedic Surgeon RSW Medico-Legal Ltd 7a Heath Lane, Oldswinford, Stourbridge, DY8 1RF Tel: +44 (0) 138-444-1126 Fax: +44 (0) 138-444-1126 E: www.rswmedicolegal. Obstacles and Injustices in Expert Witness Opinions

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