Evaluation for Personal Injury Claims (Best Practices in Forensic Mental Health Assessment)

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Forensic mental health assessment (FMHA) has grown into a specialization informed by research and professional guidelines. This series presents up-to-date information on the most important and frequently conducted forms of FMHA. The 19 topical volumes address best approaches to practice for particular types of evaluation in the criminal, civil, and juvenile/family areas. Each volume contains a thorough discussion of the relevant legal and psychological concepts, followed by a step-by-step description of the assessment process from preparing for the evaluation to writing the report and testifying in court.

Volumes include the following helpful features:
· Boxes that zero in on important information for use in evaluations
· Tips for best practice and cautions against common pitfalls
· Highlighting of relevant case law and statutes
· Separate list of assessment tools for easy reference
· Helpful glossary of key terms for the particular topic

In making recommendations for best practice, authors consider empirical support, legal relevance, and consistency with ethical and professional standards. These volumes offer invaluable guidance for anyone involved in conducting or using forensic evaluations.

This book addresses the assessment of personal injury claims, and explores the history and importance of this process, the legal standards and the procedure for applying this assessment in court. Established empirical foundations from the behavioral, social, and medical sciences are then presented. Finally, the book provides a detailed “how-to” for practitioners, including information on data collection, interpretation, report writing and expert testimony.

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  1. W. L. Saxon "Traumatologist"
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    Don’t Try a Personal Injury Case Without this Manual!, September 18, 2011
    W. L. Saxon “Traumatologist” (Los Angeles) –

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    This review is from: Evaluation for Personal Injury Claims (Best Practices in Forensic Mental Health Assessment) (Paperback)

    Unless an attorney is also a forensic psychologist, he or she is not likely to understand the process by which causality in whole or in part can be established, when psychological damage from a traumatic event is to be assessed. Knowing this process and knowing it well serves a two fold purpose for the trial attorney: (1) knowing ahead of time if the expert you wish to hire can do a bullet proof evaluation, and (2) having all the bullets necessary to challenge opposing counsel’s expert during cross examination.

    In Evaluation for Psychological Injury Claims,
    Drs. Kane and Dvoskin provide all of the information necessary for the trial lawyer to master this process thoroughly. In one incisive and highly readable manual, aimed directly at the busy trial lawyer with little time to spare but an awareness that knowing this process could make or break any given case, at last we have answers to what constitutes a competent psychological evaluation for the courts when the issue is whether a traumatic event has eventuated in a long standing condition that merits financial compensation.

    Having examined hundreds of forensic psychological reports during trial preparation, it is clear that a high percentage of these reports are lacking. In keeping with their role as gate keepers, I would also recommend that all judges read this compact but thorough presentation of the facts regarding psychological evaluations and how they are to be conducted properly and faithfully.

    Amazingly, somehow the authors have managed to keep this 200 page manual crisp and clean to such an extent that a high lighter is unnecessary because there are no nonessential statements. In keeping with its well written relevance in every line, the motivated litigator can practically memorize this manual so that he or she can use its contents not only to prepare direct and cross, but to think quickly, reliably, and incisively to formulate counters to what is said from the witness stand.

    Lastly, this book gives the forensic psychological expert the information in written form that the expert needs, to educate the trial lawyer on what needs to be done to satisfy his or her ethical obligations and the ways in which the expert for the opposing party has fallen short of gathering the necessary information to formulate sound diagnostic impressions.

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