Expertise in Pain & CRPS

Professor. Goebel works as Chair for Pain Medicine at the University of Liverpool, and as Hon. Consultant in Pain Medicine at the Walton Centre in Liverpool.

Professor. Goebel specialises in the field of chronic primary pain, including complex regional pain syndrome and fibromyalgia, in the context of injury, trauma, or medical interventions. He is familiar with the latest evidence and has contributed to formulating evidence in this field as one of the worldwide leading researchers.

He has initiated, and has been chairing the UK guidance development group on complex regional pain syndrome under the umbrella of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), and is also co-chairing the RCP diagnostic guidelines group for Fibromyalgia Syndrome.

Tel: 0151 556 3393 (Lorraine Barnett)

Listed on the APIL List of Expert Witnesses

Medico-Legal Expertise

Professor Goebel has 15 years medico-legal experience in preparing reports for injury related legal claims. He accepts instructions from both Claimants and Defendants, or as joint expert

Working from Liverpool, Bristol and London he writes reports for personal injury, medical negligence, and occasional criminal justice claims.

He has been to court giving evidence and he has also appeared as an expert on complex regional pain syndrome before the MHRA/London and FDA/Washington.

Prof. Goebel is normally able to see clients within one month, and prepare a report within 6 weeks thereafter. The average time taken for a report is 6-14 hours in 90% of cases, which is charged at a rate of £425 per hour +VAT

Medico-Legal articles by Professor Goebel

Goebel A. Fibromyalgia syndrome – has the tide turned? PI FOCUS 03.2023.

Benson J., Spencer M., Goebel A., Munglani R.. Compensation Claims Relating to Chronic Pain – Parts 1-5. Journal of Observational Pain Medicine 2014; 1(4).

Goebel A. Current Understanding of the Causes of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) with its Medico-Legal Implications. Journal of Observational Pain Medicine 2014; 1(3).

Research Articles

Ferraro MC, O’Connell NE, Sommer C, Goebel A, et al. . Complex regional pain syndrome: advances in epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment. Lancet Neurology 2024; 23(5): 522-533.

Berwick R, Barker C, Goebel A; guideline development group. The Diagnosis of Fibromyalgia Syndrome. Clinical Medicine 2022; 22(6): 570-574.

Goebel A. Andersson D, Helyes Z, Clark JD, Dulake D, Svensson C. The autoimmune aetiology of unexplained chronic pain. Autoimmunity Reviews 2022; 21(3): 103015

Goebel A. , et al. The Valencia adaptation of the IASP CRPS Diagnostic Criteria. Pain 2021; 162(9): 2346-2348

Goebel A, Stuart Bevan, Camilla I. Svensson and David A. Andersson. Passive transfer of painful hypersensitivity from fibromyalgia patients to mice. Journal of Clinical Investigation 2021; 131(13):e144201

Tékus V, Hajna Z, Borbély E, Markovics A, Bagoly T, Szolcsányi J, Thompson V, Kemény A, Helyes Z, Goebel A. A CRPS-IgG-Passive-Transfer-Trauma Model Reproducing Inflammatory and Positive Sensory Signs Associated with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.  Pain 2014; 144(2): 229-308.

Medico-Legal presentations by Professor Goebel

2020 Liverpool Pain and Medicolegal Workshop (organiser: ‚Applied Psychology Solutions‘) – „CRPS, FMS, and traumatic events

2019 Peterhouse Conference (Cambridge) – Fibromyalgia and CRPS – evidential breakthroughs concerning causes and and diagnoses

2018 Resolution Law Seminar: New approaches to Fibromyalgia, CRPS, and Chronic Pain – Medicolegal Implications (Liverpool – nationwide live stream)

Complete Council Chronic Pain Seminar 2017: The Medical Expert’s view in a chronic pain case (Liverpool)

2017 Guildehall Chambers Seminar: CRPS in High Value Claims (Bristol)

2016 Peterhouse Conference (Cambridge) – Managing Neuropathic Pain Following Peripheral Nerve Injury – The Pain Management Consultant’s Perspective.

2016 APIL London, Belfast‚ Complex Regional Pain Syndrome – an introduction’

2016, 2008 Guidehall Chambers (Bristol): ‘Complex Regional Pain Syndrome’

2015 Jersey Personal Injury Medicolegal Society:  ‘Complex Regional Pain Syndrome – Modern understanding of an important limb-pain condition in high value injury and medical-negligence cases’

2014 Peterhouse Conference (Cambridge): ‘Complex Regional Pain Syndrome – The Latest Concepts on Causation’

Research Presentations

National Pain Societies Italy, Germany, Norway, Finland: Plenary Presentations 2022-24

Plenary presentation American College of Rheumatology, Philadelphia 2022

Blaustein Grand Round, Johns Hopkins, 2021

Convenor IASP SIG CRPS Satellite Meetings 2021 (online), 2022 (Toronto)

IASP satellite Symposium Convener: CRPS – Beyond Chronification? (Boston) 2018

Keynote Lecture: McGill Frontiers in Pain Medicine Lecture Series (Montreal) 2016




For all medico-legal enquiries

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