RSW Medicolegal Ltd

Founder of RSW Medicolegal Ltd Mr. Richard Scott-Watson is Honoured with Lifetime Achievement AwardThroug..
Founder of RSW Medicolegal Ltd

Mr. Richard Scott-Watson

is Honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award

Throughout the year, the Management Team at Forensic & Expert Witness E-Magazine select individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to their particular field. Forensic & Expert Witness E-Magazine is always keen to bring attention to those who are providing a product or service that stands out from the crowd and deserves to be appreciated not only by its' readers, but also by a wider audience.

Therefore, in line with this philosophy it gives us pleasure to announce that founder of RSW Medicolegal Mr. Richard Scott-Watson has been chosen to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award, an independent Award Programme that recognises the dedication and commitment Mr. Scott-Watson has given throughout his illustrious career to Trauma and Orthopaedics, as well as to the services he provides as an Expert Witness .

Mr. Scott-Watson is no stranger when it comes to receiving accolades, as his company RSW Medicolegal was singled out in 2014 tp receive the Medico-legal Services Award for 2014/15, sponsored by Forensic & Expert Witness E-Magazine. This Award reflected the experience and professional expertise that the firm offers in the writing of medico-legal reports and in the provision of Expert Witness testimony.

Based in Stourbridge, firm founder and Managing Director, Richard Scott-Watson is a highly experienced Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon who became Director and sole Medical Examiner at RSW Medicolegal (incorporating in 2001) in August 1990. Since its inception, the firm has built-up an enviable reputation for the provision of high quality Medico Legal Reports in the field of orthopaedic related personal injury cases.

Mr. Scott-Watson is a single Expert Witness who is able to draw on over 25 years' experience with a particular interest and expertise in general orthopaedics, fractures and trauma; musculoskeletal injuries and all aspects of bone and soft tissue injury, including limb and spinal injuries. He is particularly interested in the disability aspect of cases as this is what matters most to the claimant.

In a recent interview Mr. Scott-Watson let us in on the secret to his success: “The difficulty with being an expert witness in the field of Orthopaedics is that much of what the Court requires is not routine NHS work .

Clearly it is essential to be knowledgeable about all the subjects the expert is claiming to be expert in, in every case but qualifications are also essential. There may have been a time when an expert could claim to be so because of experience alone, but really both experience and qualifications are required.

In my day the essential qualification was the Fellowship of a Royal College of Surgeons, but this has since changed and the Trauma and Orthopaedic Fellowship would be essential for more recent experts,” he added, “In addition, I hold the Diploma in Disability Assessment Medicine. Experience from that is of assistance in giving opinions on disabilities and their interactions, which is often a major part of a case and often not dealt with in detail. It is also useful to hold the LLB so that I can understand where lawyers are coming from and what they are saying (sometimes).

Experience is also essential in providing the courts what they require. Fortunately after nearly 25 years and over 20,000 reports, there are not many things that are new, but the odd one still turns up now and again.”

When asked how often he was required to attend Court, he told us:

“ Court attendances are rare, I would put it at about one in a thousand cases, so that works out at between one and two per year. I usually find they are cases where I am instructed by solicitors for the claimant and, more often than not, the problem is that the other expert has not stuck firmly to CPR part 35 and has become partisan .”

A member of the Oxford Medical & Legal Society, Mr. Scott-Watson attends industry-led conferences each year, in order to keep abreast of innovations within the sector.

Giving us brief examples of cases that he has successfully undertaken in the past, Mr. Scott-Watson went on to say:

“Many of the cases are due to initial reports proving incorrect with the passage of time. The initial General Practitioner report is something we have all come to know but realistically in all but the most minor cases their value is very limited.

However, the telephone only ‘rehabilitation report' is worse than useless. The time used to assess the case during these interviews is inadequate to make an assessment and diagnosis and treatment recommendations are not always correct. The report being written without medical notes means that it is almost entirely a claimant account, which is not always found to be correct at more detailed examination. As a result, at a later stage, their only value is in reducing the need to remember what happened, but what was said at these interviews can cause a considerable difficulty for the claimant if it is contradicted by the notes.”

The most interesting cases, from Mr. Scott-Watson's experience, are multiple injuries and those with inter-acting disability which may or may not have come from the accident.

In conclusion, Mr. Scott-Watson gave us his comments on receiving this Lifetime Achievement Award :

For further information, please call Mr. Scott-Watson's Secretary, Carol Couzens on Tel/Fax: 01384 441 126 or Email enquiries to

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