Forensic Neurosurgery provides the expertise of Mr Paul Carney, a highly experienced neurosurgeon, to offer specialist medical-legal service in forensic neurosurgery. This includes medical-legal advice relating to the brain, spine and peripheral nervous system.
Forensic Neurosurgery offers balanced and objectively expressed medical opinions to individuals, legal firms and compensation and insurance industries. All opinions provided are with respect to the injured party, and all parties involved.
Areas of Practice
Dr Paul Carney is an independent consultant. All opinions are derived entirely on the basis of professional expertise and medical observation and are formed independently of the referral source.
Dr Carney is experienced in the provision of expert advice across all clinical areas associated with the specialty of neurosurgery, including rehabilitation.
Expertise may be sought for Independent Medical Evaluations (IME), Permanent Impairment Assessments (PIA), MAIAS Injury Scale Value (ISV), negligence or for other matters of medico-legal nature. Assessment for future care is available if requested.
Particular Areas Of Assessment
Head or brain injury or illness
Head and brain injury or illness of all types. Examples include, but are not limited to; traumatic brain injury (TBI), concussion, stroke (cerebrovascular accident, CVA), aneurysm, cerebral haemorrhage, subdural or extradural haematoma, subarachnoid haemorrhage, hemiplegia, infection, hypoxia.
Spinal cord injury or illness
Examples include; injuries of the lower back or neck (cervical spine), lifting injury, whiplash associated disorder, disc prolapse, sciatica, nerve-root arm pain (brachialgia), fractures, degenerative disease of the spine, complications of spinal surgery, scoliosis or kyphosis, cauda equina syndrome.
Spinal injury or illness,
including back injury
Spinal cord injury or illness of all types. Examples include, but are not limited to; paraplegia, quadriplegia, myelopathy, arachnoiditis, epidural haematoma or abscess, canal stenosis
Peripheral nerve injury or illness
Peripheral nerve injury or illness of all types. Examples include, but are not limited to; trauma, entrapment neuropathy, carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar neuritis, brachial plexus, meralgia, neuroma.
Injuries and illnesses may not be as simple as they look. In order to ensure thorough and appropriate assessment, opinions are based on;
- Expert knowledge of neurology, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and neuropathology
- A thorough medical and event history
- A comprehensive neurological examination
- Re-evaluation of imaging studies (x-rays, CT scans, MRI etc), independently of reported results
- Access and reference to up-to-date literature
A registered neurosurgeon with the Royal Australian College of Surgeons since 1971, Mr Paul Carney is a qualified expert in neurosurgery. He is experienced in public and private practice, having worked at major public hospitals, and also having established the first full-time practice in private neurosurgery in South Australia.
It is necessary that everyone, whatever the cause of their problem, has access to good advice and treatment. This includes people injured at work, in vehicular accidents, or by other misadventure.
Further details in summary resume.
Our clients include; solicitors, insurance company case managers and individual patients acting through these channels. We can assist;
if your case involves any of the following issues:
- Personal injury
- Workplace injury
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Future care requirements
- Health professional malpractice (Please note: Opinion in medical negligence cases may be subject to a conflict of interest – potential clients should discuss this with Mr Carney prior to any booking being made.)
or requires any of the following:
- Medico-legal Report
- Joint / Lead Assessor Report
- Expert Witness Service
- Case File Reviews
If you are uncertain as to whether your medico-legal problem lies within our field of expertise, please feel free to contact us to discuss this. If we are concerned that your case is not appropriate for a Forensic Neurosurgery opinion, we will discus this with you prior to the writing of a report.
Forensic Neurosurgery has dedicated consultation rooms in Adelaide, South Australia. In addition Mr Carney frequently consults in Sydney, New South Wales. Other locations throughout Australia can be accommodated via prior arrangement.
For routine appointments in our Adelaide rooms, please use the online booking service accessed by the link below.*
Alternatively, special appointments (e.g. court bookings) or enquiries may be made by phone or email:
On other days only, in the event there is a matter requiring urgent opinion or immediate communication, contact:
* At the time of booking an appointment, Forensic Neurosurgery requires clients undertake to provide payment within 40 working days of a report being provided. If there is a reason why this undertaking cannot be given, please notify us in writing and indicate when payment can be provided.