Michael Porter and his secretary Mrs Benara Rahman, have written personal injury and clinical negligence reports since 1996. To date (April 2019) they have written approximately 4200 reports.
Clients are seen in consulting rooms (Wolverhampton), at a private hospital out-patients Department (Droitwich Spa) and at a General Practitioner surgery (Apollo Surgery in Great Barr). All these venues are purpose built. or adapted for medical consultations and Michael Porter never consults in hospital offices. Clients who require the especial services of a chaperone, are seen in a hospital out-patient environment at Droitwich, where nursing support is available. Chaperone support is available for all clients, if requested. Personal injury clients have half hour appointments; longer appointments can be arranged for complex cases. Special appointments can be arranged for clients who travel long distances.
Michael Porter undertakes prison visits if requested to do so. Prison visits require special arrangements, co-ordinating the expert witness, the referring solicitor and the prison authorities. The prison authorities have to be warned in advance, that Michael Porter may need to bring pens, rulers and a finger goniometer into the prison, to make necessary measurements.
Michael Porter and Benara Rahman make every effort to make reports available to solicitors within seven days of clients being seen. Complex personal injury reports may take longer, if the reports require research, literature searches or repeated redrafting. Should solicitors wish to discuss a difficult or complex case over the telephone, Mr Porter will do so at no extra cost. As from April of 2016, Michael Porter’s medico legal practice has gone paperless and medical reports are provided by e-mail with an e-signature, unless a paper copy is requested. The most usual cause of delay in providing reports is failure to provide adequate medical records, at the time the client is seen.
If clients or solicitors request alterations or additions to medical reports, every effort is made to deal with the request promptly. Errors or omissions of fact can always be altered. Additions can be made, if new evidence becomes available. An amended report is usually provided, rather than a supplementary report, excepting Part 35 questions. Every effort is made to answer written questions promptly, according to directions in the Civil Procedure Rules Part 35.6. If a client or a lawyer disputes an opinion, the dispute is considered, but an expert's opinion cannot readily be altered. A report for the Court must be the independent product of the expert, uninfluenced by the pressures of litigation. The expert must remain impartial at all times and the expert’s primary duty is to the Court.
Reports are confined to matters within Mr Porter's range of expertise.
There are circumstances in which Mr Porter has to see a client, before the medical records have been made available. In these circumstances, the report cannot be issued, until the records have been provided. If the records are available when the client is first seen, the report can be made available in the shortest possible time and the chance of the Court being confused with supplementary reports is minimised.
Mr Porter has discontinued writing clinical negligence report. No new cases will be seen. Current clinical negligence cases will be supported until the actions are concluded.