Atul Khanna is a consultant plastic, reconstructive and hand surgeon and has been involved in medical legal work and provided medical reports for solicitors since 1998. In this period he has provided over 3200 medical reports. These have been predominantly in the following areas of expertise:
• Hand surgery: Sequelae of hand injuries and surgery
• Soft tissue injury: Sequelae of post traumatic scarring
• Burns management: Sequelae of disability following burns injury, scarring and surgery.
• Medical negligence in Cosmetic Surgery.
As a Plastic Surgeon he deals with hand injuries and is involved in dealing with these injuries, rehabilitating the patients and providing them with advice as to how they can return to work. He also gives advice on scars, comment on their prognosis and whether they can be improved by various forms of surgery. He treats patients with skin cancer and patients with burns. He performs cosmetic surgery, including breast reduction, reconstruction, silicone implantation, liposuction, body contouring surgery and surgery for facial rejuvenation.
Depending on availability of medical notes an appointment can be provided within two weeks of request and a medical report within two weeks of the appointment. His fees are in the region of £450 – 500 plus VAT, depending on the complexity of the work involved. He also has the facility of taking photographs if required at a competitive rate. His fees for medico-legal and clinical negligence work are £200 per hour. In his practice medical legal reports take 4 – 6 hours of time that includes client interview, examination, assessment of notes and formatting of report. Responses to supplementary questions take usually half an hour to one hour of time. His average fees for reports dealing with clinical negligence is £900.
He is willing to defer his fees for six months or completion of the case which ever is earlier.
He sees clients at Apollo Surgery, 619 Kings Road, Kingstanding, Birmingham and also Spire Little Aston Hospital, Little Aston Hall Drive, Sutton Coldfield, B74 3UP.
He is also a member of the Society of Expert Witnesses. His reports are prepared in accordance with new Civil procedure rules and I would be prepared to act as a single joint expert. The percentage of work he undertakes for Claimants and Defendants would be in the region of 90:10.
He has prepared a chapter for the Encyclopeadia of Forensic & Legal Medicine entitled “Medical Malpractice in Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery”.