Wound Care Expert Witnesses
Critical insights on medical malpractice and nursing home negligence cases
Wound care is the process of treating and managing wounds to promote healing and prevent infection. Various factors, including trauma, surgery, burns, pressure ulcers, and diabetic ulcers, can cause wounds. The goal of wound care is to promote healing, prevent complications, and reduce the risk of infection.
Some of the steps involved in wound care include:
- Cleaning and dressing wounds.
- Applying medications and topical treatments.
- Monitoring the wound for signs of healing or infection.
- Performing surgery to repair damaged tissue or remove necrotic or infected tissue.
Wound care is not a single medical specialty; it draws from several specialties, including dermatology, general surgery, internal medicine, and infectious disease. Physicians who wish to specialize in wound care can pursue fellowship training and Board Certification from the American Board of Wound Medicine and Surgery (ABWMS) or the American Board of Wound Management (ABWM). The practice of wound care also involves nurses and other medical professionals.
The role of a wound care specialist as an expert witness
Wound care specialists are often asked to testify in nursing home negligence matters that involve mismanagement of pressure ulcers (bedsores). A wound care physician can explain the applicable standards of care and describe the causes and symptoms of pressure ulcers, as well as the potential complications if they are left untreated. They can also offer a professional opinion on causation.
Wound care experts can also testify in medical malpractice cases that involve improper wound care, failure to monitor for infection, and other types of malpractice, whether pertaining to traumatic wounds or surgical recovery. Some types of personal injury matters can also benefit from a wound care physician’s insight, including but not limited to cases involving burns, road rash, and dog bites. A wound care expert can describe the cost of treatment and the plaintiff’s long-term prognosis.
Contact Rieback Medical-Legal Consultants today
Since 1986, Rieback Medical-Legal Consultants has been the expert witness consulting firm of choice for many of America’s leading personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys. Our network includes highly qualified wound care specialists who are available for consultation, depositions, and trial testimony. Find out how we can help. Contact us for a free case summary review.