Occupational Medicine Expert Witnesses
Helping attorneys find specialists for work injury cases
Occupational medicine is a medical specialty that focuses on the health and safety of workers in their workplaces. The principal role of occupational medicine is to provide health advice to individuals and organizations to achieve higher health and safety standards at work.
Occupational medicine physicians identify and evaluate workplace hazards, provide medical treatment for work-related injuries and illnesses, and develop strategies to prevent and control work-related health problems. They can practice in various settings, including hospitals, clinics, businesses, and government agencies, and work closely with other healthcare professionals and safety engineers.
In the United States, occupational medicine physicians must have a medical degree (MD or DO) and complete a two- to three-year residency program in occupational medicine, which includes training in workplace hazard assessment, occupational disease diagnosis and treatment, and injury management. Board Certification for occupational medicine doctors is administered by the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM). Many occupational medicine physicians are also members of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).
The role of an occupational medicine specialist in injury cases
Occupational medicine doctors are key expert witnesses in workers’ compensation, work injury, and disability matters. They can provide an opinion on whether the worker’s job or working conditions caused or contributed to an injury or illness. They can also opine how the injury has affected the worker’s ability to do their job and give their long-term prognosis. Occupational medicine specialists can also offer professional opinions on best practices to prevent work injuries and evaluate an employer’s safety procedures.
Rieback Medical-Legal Consultants has decades of experience working with some of America’s finest injury and disability attorneys. Our network includes occupational medicine experts prepared to offer credible, objective testimony in hearings, depositions, and trial. Contact us today for a free case summary review.