Neurology Field of Medicine and Neurology Expert Witnesses

When looking for an expert witness in the field of Neurology, the best candidates are those who have had extensive training in the treatment of all neurological diseases in both adults and children. A neurological expert witness must have the ability to explain complicated methods and procedures, technical medical data as well as interpret opinions about a certain set of facts to the court. 

Neurological experts witnesses can have considerable differences in their backgrounds and experience levels, as well as come from a variety of medical fields, such as:

  • Neurology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Neuroendocrinology
  • Neurological Surgery
  • Neurologist
  • Neurosurgery
  • Neuro-Oncology
  • Neuropathy

Expert Neurological Testimony

The purpose of medical expert witness testimony is to assist a court or other lawful forum to understand medical evidence or to determine medical facts at issue.
  1. Where testimony relates to an allegation of medical malpractice, the medical expert may be asked to provide an opinion that –
    • Describes the current clinical status and prognosis of a claimant who alleges malpractice at the cause of his or her injury
    • Describes relevant standards of care, specifies any violations of these standards, and indicates whether any such violations caused harm to a claimant
  2. Medical expert testimony encompasses the following:
    • Medical evaluation of a party to a legal proceeding, including personal interview and examination and/or review of medical records or other pertinent data (including laboratory tests and imaging studies)
    • Formulating an expert opinion based on such evaluation
    • Communicating such an opinion to attorneys, courts, licensing boards, peer review bodies or other lawful agencies, whether in the form of testimony in court, deposition, answers to interrogatories, or affidavit

What is Neurology?

Neurology is a field of medicine that relates to the anatomy, functions, and diseases of the nervous system.

The central nervous system(CNS) consists of the brain, and spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system(PNS) consists of all cranial, and spinal nerves in the body. The nervous system and especially the brain, are the most complex organs in humans.

The brain allows cognitive thought, control of skeletal muscles, and it controls a myriad of other involuntary actions inside the body (from making the heart beat, regulating internal heat/ph/sugar levels, to digestion, sleeping, and many more functions required for life).

The spinal cord and all the body’s nerves, transmit information in two directions: to the body from the brain, and to the brain from the body. The body sends the brain a wide range of sensory information. The brain sends directions to all the organs of the body.

Diseases of the nervous system can affect the CNS, PNS, or both. Below are some well known nervous system diseases that a neurology expert could testify in court on:

Spinal Cord Injuries
Central Nervous System Injuries Peripheral Nervous System Injuries
Head Trauma
Brain Injury
Brain Death
Stroke
Spinal Cord Injury
Dementia
Seizures
Epilepsy
Coma
Attention Deficit Disorder
Encephalitis
Behavioral Disorder
Headaches
Multiple sclerosis
Brachial plexus injury
Foot Drop Injury
Spinal accessory nerve injury
Traumatic nerve injury
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Meralgia Paresthetica
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Ulnar Nerve Entrapment
Malignant nerve sheath tumors
Neurofibromas (neurofibromatosis)
Schwannomas (schwannomatosis)
Diabetic Neuropathy
Neuromuscular Abnormalities

Neurological Expert Witness

Many states have specific regulations that determine what type of medical expert witness can be used and in what type of case. Certain divisions of medicine may have defined sub-specialties, such as neuropathy or neuropsychology, and these subdivisions of medicine require specialized neurological experts to be brought in for their specific cases.

Neurological expert witnesses, like your clients, can be vastly different. Even within similar fields of neurology, each expert will have different experiences, training, and educational backgrounds from which they will draw on.

When choosing the right medical expert, only individuals with extensive experience, knowledge, and the best reputation should be considered.

At Litli Group, we have a large network of Neurological Experts that can be brought in for essentially any case that relates to neurology or its sub-specialties.

All of our neurological experts can give opinions or testimony on:

  1. Standard of care in neurology
  2. Standard of care for pain management
  3. Pain medication issues (involving such drugs as narcotic (opioid) pain medications)
  4. State medical board cases
  5. Peripheral nerve injuries
  6. Central nerve injuries

 

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