Medico-legal work has become a competitive business over the last few years and therefore to succeed, an expert witness needs to be well versed in the medico-legal process and the civil procedure rules. An expert also needs to be very knowledgeable in relation to the medical condition and the relevant medical literature surrounding it. An expert must also focus on his or her area of expertise and not stray outside this. Lastly, an expert must provide a fast, efficient service for the instructing solicitors.
Mr Thomas has been providing medical reports for the court for over 10 years. He has been on numerous training courses for both report writing and courtroom skills. He has completed the Cardiff University Bond Solon Diploma which gave him an excellent understanding of the medico-legal process. He maintains his knowledge by attending at least one medico-legal seminar per year. He is also a member of the Expert Witness Society.
On average Mr Thomas produces about 400 medical reports per year. Many of these are in relation to complex trauma and work related accidents. He specialises in all aspects of trauma and maintains a busy trauma NHS practice at the University Hospital of Wales. He also accepts instruction for more straightforward injuries such as whiplash injuries.
The majority of his work is claimant orientated.
He is normally able to see a claimant within 4-6 weeks of receiving instruction and can turn the report around within 5 working days.