Medico-Legal Experience

Dr Simpson has been involved in medico-legal practice for about 30 years and accepts instructions on all pain related matters. She has provided reports within and outside the UK e.g. Eire, USA and Cayman Islands.  Her areas of expertise include all pain conditions such as chronic pain, chronic widespread pain, headache/facial pain, whiplash injury, spinal pain, post-surgical pain (e.g. breast surgery, abdominal/pelvic surgery, joint/spinal surgery, hernia repair and vasectomy), post- traumatic/post-amputation pain, neuropathic pain and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.  She also specialises in complications after pain management and anaesthesia including medication adverse effects, complications of peripheral nerve blocks (e.g. brachial plexus), complications of spinal procedures (e.g. epidural, spinal, caudal, nerve root and facet injections).  She has particular expertise in neuromodulation and its complications e.g. spinal cord stimulation and spinal drug delivery such as intra-thecal pump implants. She initially provided expert opinion mainly regarding personal injury cases.  As she gained more experience, she was increasingly instructed regarding complex clinical negligence matters and she has dealt with many high value cases.  She has provided expert evidence to the GMC regarding fitness to practice.  She has also been an expert in criminal cases e.g. adult/child homicide, fraud and problem drug use. She was an assessor for critical incidents for 10 years whilst working in Leeds Teaching Hospitals and was trained in Root-Cause Analysis. She also provided pro bono expert opinion to the Yorkshire NHS Litigation Authority about many potential medico-legal claims.  She has maintained her medico-legal continuing education by attending courses on report writing, cross-examination and Courtroom skills. She holds the Cardiff University Bond Solon Civil Law Expert Certificate. She is experienced in preparation of CPR compliant reports and she is aware of the requirements of CPR Part 35, its Practice Directions and the CJC Guidance for the instruction of experts. She is experienced in answering Part 35 questions, participating in conferences and producing joint statements following experts’ meetings. She has given expert evidence in Court on many occasions in the UK and Eire including cases heard in the Royal Courts of Justice London and Belfast and the Four Courts Dublin.  After Court appearances, she has received complimentary feedback from Judges in their final Judgements regarding the quality of her expert evidence. Her case load is currently about 80% Claimant and 20% Defendant; less than 5% instructions are on a Single Joint basis. She is willing to provide brief pro bono informal advice regarding potential cases. She provides about 200 reports for the Court per year.  Dr Simpson is a member of the Expert Witness Institute.  She is registered with the UK Register of Expert Witnesses, the National Expert Witness Agency and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
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