A Neonatology expert witness is a physician who testifies about care given to newborns (neonates) who suffer complex problems requiring NICU treatment. Neonatology is a subspecialty of Pediatrics dealing with the care and treatment of newborns during the first 30 days of life. Neonatology is a hospital-based specialty practiced in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), though Neonatologists are often in the labor and delivery room as they prepare to receive the newborn. Neonatologists are certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in both Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. The typical patient of the Neonatologist is an ill newborn requiring complex, specialized care due to prematurity, low birth weight, congenital malformations, sepsis, birth injuries, or hypoxia. A Neonatology expert witness testifies on all of these areas while an OB-GYN expert testifies on everything through the moment of delivery.
Litigation against Neonatologists is infrequent, but a Neonatology expert witness is often called as expert witnesses to discuss complications that arise when an infant suffers an injury at birth, most commonly due to deprivation of oxygen (hypoxia or anoxia). The delayed diagnosis or improper treatment of neonatal sepsis (i.e. a life-threatening infection of the newborn) is another common litigation issue for the Neonatology expert witness.
Elite Medical Experts covers the entire spectrum of Neonatology litigation and consultation, including:
Given the degree of complexity involved in Neonatology, an experienced Board-Certified Neonatologist from a top university medical center is an invaluable resource for challenging assignments. To secure a hand-selected Neonatology expert witness who is ready to work with you, please contact Elite Medical Experts and speak with a physician or nurse on Elite’s experienced Case Strategy Team today.