What kind of Medico-Legal Work do you do?

Dr Raman Sakhuja does work for the courts in Civil matters of Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence.

What experience do you have in this field?

Dr Raman Sakhuja is an Expert Witness for Courts and has a Cardiff University Bond Solon (CUBS) Expert Witness Certificate after having been trained as an expert witness with Bond Solon. He has been preparing Psychiatric reports in Civil matters for over 18 years. He has also been recognised as a Tier 1 APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) Expert.

He is a member of the Expert Witness Institute (EWI). He is on the Register of UK Expert Witnesses and also a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). The ratios of instructions from solicitors are 60:30:10- Claimant: Defendant: Single Joint Expert.

What are the good qualities of an Expert Witness?

The essence of being a good expert according to Dr Raman Sakhuja is to discharge their duty to the court, which remains their overriding duty. Demonstration of quality is dependent upon-

  • Being aware of the Court procedures and rules (e.g. Civil Procedure Rules- CPR 35 directions in Civil matters or equivalent in Criminal matters)
  • Maintaining independence
  • Non- bias
  • Helping the court in matters of his/her area of expertise (working within their area of expertise)
  • To be able to provide a range of possible opinions in a case
  • Be able to use the right burden of proof (e.g. Civil cases require ‘Balance of probabilities’)
  • Be able to use the right legal test in Negligence claims
What kind of cases do you take on?

Dr Raman Sakhuja works with a range of Psychiatric conditions and their medico- legal aspects in Civil matters. These include:

  • Road Traffic Accidents
  • Accidents at Work
  • Clinical Negligence
  • Employment matters
And some of the conditions that are often related to such matters may include-
  • Brain Injury
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Substance Misuse and Alcohol Related Disorders
  • Psychiatric aspects of Chronic Pain
How long does a case take to complete?

From an examination and reporting perspective, there is no set time and it depends upon the complexity of the case, the amount of records to be reviewed, an influence of court deadlines etc.
A small track RTA claim may need around 8-14 hrs of work but cases of Brain Injury may require a more extensive examination and reporting is more complex. In more complex claims, ongoing involvement of the expert to help the courts is the norm till the conclusion of the case.

How do you maintain your knowledge of the Medico- Legal world?

To be able to maintain the quality of the medico- legal work, Dr Raman Sakhuja keeps up to date by attending regular updates, webinars and/or conferences. From time to time, Dr Sakhuja takes feedback from the court regarding the quality of reports prepared by him AFTER the case has reached its conclusions.

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