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Expert Witness for Scars and Burns

Permanent scarring and scar tissue can occur mostly due to a medical procedure or an accident. However, it can also manifest after medical malpractice or when a patient receives inadequate care and treatment. 

Like other scars, burns can also become a permanent fixture in your appareance. It is actually more debilitating and can cause life-threatening symptoms depending on its location and degree of severity.

Both scars and burn injuries can cause lifelong disfigurement, emotional distress, and psychological pain. So when such injuries result from a workplace accident or someone else’s negligence, the victim needs to get compensated to recover their damages. 

However, most claims and lawsuits become a ‘he-said, she-said’ situation. When this happens, a judge or an attorney will usually require the help of an expert witness to settle legal disputes between two parties. 

What is the role of a plastic surgery expert witness?

A plastic surgery expert witness is someone who has extensive knowledge and experience in the field of plastic surgery. They may be called upon at litigations or arbitrations to provide their expert yet unbiased opinion to shed light on disputes over a case-related detail. A good candidate for an expert witness for scars and burns should have these three qualities:

  • A credible medical and educational background to demonstrate one’s expertise. This may come in the form of a medical degree, specialization in plastic surgery, a PhD in plastic surgery, and board certifications.

  • Extensive knowledge and experience in various practice areas of plastic surgery, such as cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery.

  • Extensive experience in the legal side of plastic surgery, such as performing IMEs, consultancy work, or reviewing cases. 

  • Knowledge of the code of ethics for plastic surgery expert witness.

With the above-mentioned qualities, an expert witness can then provide expert testimonies and opinions based on technical facts, reliable data, principles, and methods. Their expert opinion can then be used to make sound judgments and decisions over a claim or lawsuit. 

Why do you need an expert witness for scars?

A lawyer or judge may request an expert witness for scars to provide testimony in personal injury or workers’ compensation cases. They are called upon at such lawsuits when scarring or scar tissues are believed to be a product of medical malpractice, negligence, or reckless behavior.

For example, if you or your client sustained visible scarring due to a car accident, you may be entitled to a much larger compensation for the sustained disfigurement. An expert witness can help your case by:

  • Providing insights into the complexity of scar tissues and their ability to cause permanent damage or effect to the affected area (e.g., mobility problems).

  • Proving that permanent scars require an insurmountable amount of medical bills to treat the underlying medical problem and perform reconstructive surgeries.

  • Testifying that scarring and disfigurement can cause non-physical damages, such as emotional distress, psychological anguish, and depression. 

A defendant may also need an expert witness for scars to disprove claims or absolve them of fault in specific cases. For example, a doctor accused of a botched cosmetic surgery wants to prove that the resulting scar was the product of the patient’s carelessness in post-op care. 

Why do you need an expert witness for burns?

Burns are another type of injury that can leave a victim permanently scarred and disfigured for life. This condition may also cause impairing medical symptoms that may rob the victim of their independence and normal mobility function.  

Making a burn injury compensation claim or personal injury claim can help patients to cover the expenses of the injury. It can also bring them the justice they seek for this wrongdoing. 

However, claims like these can be tricky. So you may need to seek the help of a plastic surgery expert witness for burns to strengthen your case, whether you’re the defendant or plaintiff. A judge presiding over these cases may also request the presence of an expert witness for burns to clarify certain details or refute claims. 

Where to find an expert witness for scars and burns?

As an objective expert witness for scars and burns, Dr. Thomas John Zaydon is actively providing his services as an expert witness for both plaintiff and the defense. He has provided hundreds of expert testimonies to resolve disagreements in cases involving plastic surgery. His superior knowledge and experience in the field allow him to satisfactorily perform his duties as an expert witness for scars and burns.

Besides being an expert witness plastic surgeon, Dr. Zaydon also provides other services in the field of plastic surgery, such as:

and more!

Advances in Industrial Injuries - Webinar

Recently, Dr. Zaydon held a one-hour webinar in conjunction with the TASA Group to talk on the topic of Advances in Industrial Burn Injuries attended by legal professionals.

Please get in touch with us if you would like to engage in Dr. Zaydon’s services as a plastic surgery expert witness. Contact us now at (305) 856-3030 or request an appointment.  

The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

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