We specialise in orthopaedic medicolegal reporting for both personal injury and clinical negligence. We have a strong track record of expert witness work in these areas. We are instructed both by Claimant’s Solicitors (~50%) and Defendant’s Solicitors (~40%) and occasionally as a joint expert witness (~10%).
We are normally able to examine a client within 2 weeks from receiving the instructions with medical records and we are able to return a completed high quality, evidence-based report normally within 4 weeks from examining the client.
Where clients do not need to be examined, e.g. for liability assessment in clinical negligence claims, the report can be returned normally within 4 weeks from receiving instructions and all relevant documentation.
We are both trauma and orthopaedic surgeons who have spent considerable time working at Major Trauma Centres and dealing with patients suffering major injuries as part of our routine day-to-day work. We have lectured nationally and internationally and run courses on the management of orthopaedic trauma.
We also have our own sub-specialist areas of interest where we have a national and international reputation.
We are willing to accept UK-wide instructions. We have consultation rooms in Cambridge and London. We can use consultation rooms in other cities as need. We are both fluent in English and Dr Giotikas is also fluent in Greek. We are also familiar with working through translators as need. We do accept instructions for Legal Aid work, criminal cases and public and media relations.
Areas of orthopaedic medicolegal reporting expertise
- Multiple fractures
- Long bone fractures
- Femur, tibia, humerus & forearm fractures
- Bone loss & open fractures
- Amputations for trauma
- Bone & joint infection
- Limb reconstruction using circular frames & external fixation
- Post-traumatic limb deformity correction
Dr Giotikas primary medical qualification, the “Ptychio Iatrikes” (MBBS equivalent) was undertaken at the Aristoteleian University in Thessaloniki, Greece. He completed his medical qualification in July 1998. He continued my postgraduate surgical training thereafter in the Military Academy of Corps Officers of Hellenic Army (Medical section), receiving his postgraduate diploma in October of 1998. He completed his specialty training at a big tertiary hospital in Central Greece, to which the whole spectrum of orthopaedics was referred (general and complex trauma, infection, bone cancer, paediatric, cerebral palsy and complex arthroplasty). He was well trained with a broad and comprehensive knowledge in the management of a wide spectrum of orthopaedic disorders. In March 2008 he was awarded a Specialist Certificate in Trauma & Orthopaedics by the Greek Ministry of Health, marking the completion of his training.
In August 2011 he was registered on the United Kingdom Specialist Register for Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery. Since 2012, he has worked at two of the biggest and busiest Major Trauma Centres and teaching hospitals in the UK; Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge and The John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford. Before he came to the UK, his 3.5-year experience as a Consultant at both district military hospital and war-zone hospital levels (in Greece and Afghanistan) equipped him to competently manage the full range of orthopaedic trauma. His clinical experience is precisely about the implementation of the Major Trauma pathway for polytrauma patients from their arrival to the hospital until their repatriation and often during their rehabilitation. He has acquired a thorough understanding of the procedures and problems relating to patient recovery and the short and long-term implications of trauma.
His PhD research was on minimally invasive total knee replacement. To date, he has presented or published projects sharing clinical experience (retrospective case series, comparative studies, case reports) and projects investigating clinical questions (RCT’s) on the fields of trauma, limb reconstruction and knee surgery.
Aug 2011 Specialist registration in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, United Kingdom
Mar 2008 Specialist Certificate in Trauma & Orthopaedics (CCT equivalent), Greek Ministry of Health
Oct 1998 Military Academy of Corps Officers of Hellenic Army (Medical section) Diploma
Jul 1998 Primary Medical Qualification “Ptychio Iatrikes” (MBBS equivalent)
Aristoteleian University, Thessaloniki, Greece
Member of British Orthopaedic Association
Member of the Hellenic College of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Member of Hellenic Association of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology
Areas of orthopaedic medicolegal reporting expertise
- Fractures, particularly complex fractures of the acetabulum and the pelvis
Andrew has been involved in medico-legal work since starting as an NHS consultant in 2012, having written approximately 100 reports to date. Andrew has provided expert-witness testimony and medical reports for specialist lawyers and for people who have been injured. He writes reports on all aspects of general orthopaedic trauma surgery and hip/knee replacement surgeries. He has a specialist interest in polytraumatic injuries, complex lower limb trauma surgery and pelvic & acetabular fractures. This fits with his NHS practice, which deals almost exclusively with complex orthopaedic trauma and complex hip and knee replacement operations. Andrew can be instructed for either claimant and defendant instructions, and more than 10% of his work is as a joint expert witness. As necessary, Andrew will give evidence in court or to tribunals.
2018 MA (Cantab), University of Cambridge
2012 Clinical Fellowship Diploma, University of Toronto
2011 FRCS (Tr & Orth) Intercollegiate Specialty Board
2008 BOA Biomechanics and Materials Certificate
2008 DipIMC RCSEd (Diploma Immediate Care, Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh)
2007 Battlefield Advanced Trauma Life Support Instructor
2005 MRCSEd, Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh
2001 MBChB, University of Manchester
Fellow of the British Orthopaedic Association
Affiliate Member Canadian Orthopaedic Association
International Affiliate member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Member of AO Trauma International
Member of British Trauma Society and the Orthopaedic Trauma Society
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Member of the British Hip Society
Affiliate Member of British Association of Surgery of the Knee
AO Trauma Fellow (51645)
Royal Army Medical Corps (V)