Posted On: March 4, 2014 by Karen Olson

Child Sexual Assault Expert Witnesses

Child sexual assault expert witnesses may consult regarding sexual misconduct, sexual molestation, and child sexual abuse. Child Abuse Pediatrics & Forensic Medicine Experts explain the Child Abuse Pediatrician’s Role.

The child abuse pediatrician’s clinical role is to provide objective, comprehensive, evidence-based and patient centered care for children and adolescents with suspected sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect or unexpected child fatalities. Child abuse is a serious medical diagnosis requiring careful and comprehensive evaluations in addition to consideration of collaborative input from protective and investigative sources. In order to diagnose child abuse, it is imperative to consider alternative medical, accidental, or birth related diagnoses and use evidence-based standards when generating opinions.

Here are some helpful resources:

Child Abuse Medical Providers Network

American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Child Abuse and Neglect

National Children’s Alliance – Medical Standards

The goal of this consultation service is to apply these evidence-based, objective, thorough and responsible standards for family, criminal and civil matters under the scope of the child abuse pediatrician’s expertise. This includes educating non-medical professionals about sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect, and unexpected child fatalities using a factual yet “understandable” approach.

Materials that may be requested for a comprehensive review include:

Birth records
Obstetric records
Primary care records
Specialist visits
Emergency department records
Ambulance records
Inpatient records
Radiological studies
Laboratory studies
Protective services records
Investigative records
Expert reports and/or testimony

A consultation provides the referring attorney with help understanding the medical aspects of a case. A consultation may result in recommending additional experts from other specialty areas (i.e. – pathology, radiology, hematology, neurosurgery, infectious disease). A consultation may or may not lead to expert testimony as the consulting specialist may agree with the original opinion(s) generated by care providers.

Here are some helpful resources:

Child Abuse Medical Providers Network

American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Child Abuse and Neglect

National Children’s Alliance – Medical Standards

Read more: http://childabusepediatrics.com/