The aim of the Committee is to focus on the BOA role in providing medico-legal assistance in all aspects of trauma and orthopaedic practice. Its role is to maintain an oversight of legal matters in relation to:
- the safe practice of orthopaedic and trauma surgery
- the preparation of reports for the Courts
The Medico-Legal committee also has a responsibility to inform members of the Association of the changes in law relating to the practice of trauma and orthopaedic surgery, report writing and giving evidence.
It co-ordinates the position of the BOA in response to Government and legal profession changes in policy in relation to Medico-Legal expert and professional witness practice. The Medico-Legal Committee also gives advice to external agencies regarding appropriate expertise to deal with Medico-Legal questions, both nationally and internationally.
The Committee has produced a guideline document for orthopaedic and trauma surgeons appearing as expert witnesses in legal cases and can be found here.
Professor Peter Giannoudis
Professor David Warwick
Simon Gregg -Smith
Terms of Reference
The Terms of Reference for the Committee can be viewed here.