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Independent medical experts must be recognized as the patient's advocate while representing both claimant and defendant sides in personal injury disputes without favour.

Dr Simon Margolis, CEO of Premex Group which manages a panel of 4500 medical experts, said comments made today in relation to whiplash claims fail to acknowledge how the modern delivery of expert medical evidence is carried out.

 "I believe our panel of experts would appreciate the opportunity to challenge suggestions which question their integrity." said Dr Margolis. "As Dr Rosemary Leonard clearly explained in her interview with BBC Breakfast this morning, developing authoritative guidance on the diagnosis of an injury is not a straightforward task. There is no blood test or imaging modality currently in existence that can prove or disprove an injury was sustained or whether symptoms are being experienced. That is why a combination of the taking of a history and the laying on of hands during clinical examination by a medical expert remains the appropriate approach. Much can be learned from the general demeanour of the claimant and the way the history is delivered."

Premex Group undertakes work for both sides of the industry with reports prepared by the same cohort of medical experts irrespective of the source of the instruction - claimant or defendant. "All of our experts are GMC registered; are not remunerated according to the success of a case and they are, in the vast majority of cases, current NHS practicing doctors.

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