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Forensic psychiatry is the application of psychiatric clinical knowledge and research to the practice of law where plaintiff’s mental status is at issue. A forensic psychiatrist is an expert at making diagnostic and prognostic judgments that are based on scientific research and clinical experience. This knowledge is used to decide whether a plaintiff’s subjectively experienced emotional distress and/or functional impairment can be plausibly related to the alleged accident, injury, or tort. The forensic psychiatrist must also considers and opine on whether and to what degree other factors (the patient’s pre-existing condition, the plaintiff’s motivation to seek compensation or to punish the defendant, the plaintiff’s legitimate righteous indignation at being wronged with an appropriate wish to seek justice and reparation, or some combination of any of the above) are entering into the plaintiff’s assertion that they have been psychologically damaged and, were it not for the defendant’s action or conduct, the plaintiff would not be suffering from the particular condition that they have alleged.
Only a forensic psychiatrist has the necessary training and experience to assess the plaintiff’s psychological and psychiatric status at the present time, to make inferences about the plaintiff’s emotional state at the time of the accident or injury, and to determine if there is a plausible connection between that accident or injury and the plaintiff’s current mental state.
WE PROVIDE FORENSIC PSYCHIATRIC EVALUATIONS FOR:
- Civil Litigation
- Criminal Matters
WE CONDUCT INDEPENDENT MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS (I.M.E.'s) FOR:
- Personal Injury Evaluations
- Psychiatric Causation and /or Damages
- Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Expert Witness For Personal Injury Cases
- Competency Evaluations
LITIGATION CONSULTATION TO ASSIST IN CASE PREPARATION
OTHER INDICATIONS FOR OCCUPATIONAL AND FORENSIC PSYCHIATRIC CONSULTATION
The services of a forensic psychiatrist are also indicated when the client needs an objective and comprehensive psychiatric assessment of an individual whose behavior has caused involvement in civil matters or with the legal system.