Trauma Surgery

Trauma Surgery Expert Witness

Trauma patient going to surgeryA Trauma Surgery expert witness is a Trauma Surgeon who testifies on the treatment of children and adults with acute traumatic injury and complications.  Trauma Surgery is a surgical subspecialty dealing with both operative and non-operative management of acutely injured adults and children. Trauma Surgeons work in major medical centers and have a primary responsibility for initial resuscitation, stabilization, and surgical management of trauma patients. Trauma Surgeons are most often General Surgeons certified by the American Board of Surgery.  Although they usually complete an additional two-year fellowship in Trauma, there is no formal ABMS subspecialty certificate for Trauma Surgery. They treat a broad range of penetrating trauma including gunshot wounds and stab wounds, as well as blunt trauma injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents, falls, and altercations. While Trauma Surgeons address nearly all injuries of the neck, chest, abdomen, pelvis, and extremities, they may also consult specialists from other fields such as Orthopedic Surgery. Trauma Surgeons also serve as the admitting team for complex trauma patients even when the patient does not require emergency surgery. Such patients are typically admitted to a Trauma Intensive Care Unit (TICU). Trauma Surgeons also perform emergency and “after hours” general surgery procedures including appendectomy.

Malpractice claims against Trauma Surgeons are rare, though may stem from allegations of missed or delayed diagnosis. More commonly, a Trauma Surgery expert witness will educate courts on patterns of traumatic injuries and mechanisms of trauma.

Trauma Surgery Case Matter

From the treatment of appendicitis to the most complex procedures in the field, Elite Medical Experts is experienced in all aspects of Trauma Surgery litigation and consultation, including:

  • Blunt Trauma: motor vehicle accidents, falls, assaults
  • Penetrating Trauma: gunshot wounds, stab wounds
  • Chest Trauma: pneumothorax, hemothorax, flail chest)
  • Hemorrhagic shock
  • Emergency thoracotomy
  • Burns: thermal, chemical, electrical
  • Emergency General Surgery: appendicitis, cholecystitis, bowel obstruction
  • Tracheostomy
  • Exploratory laparotomy
  • Emergency thoracotomy
  • Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU)
  • Trauma Intensive Care Unit (TICU)

Given the complex issues involved in Trauma Surgery, a Board-Certified Trauma Surgery expert witness from a top university medical center is an invaluable asset for challenging assignments. To secure a hand-selected Trauma Surgery 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.

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Dr. Burton Bentley II, the CEO of Elite Medical Experts, is a nationally renowned authority on medical liability, informed consent, and complex issues at the intersections of medicine, law, and business. As a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician and entrepreneur, Dr. Bentley founded Elite Medical Experts in 2010 while overseeing nearly a decade of year-over-year growth. Dr. Bentley also developed and patented a commercial medical device and co-founded Consent Spectrum, a state-of-the-art digital platform for informed consent in aesthetic medical procedures.  Outside of Elite, Dr. Bentley can be found spending time with his family and riding horses in Tucson’s riverbeds and deserts.

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