Evaluation for Personal Injury Claims

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: Part of the Best Practices in Forensic Mental Health Assessment series, this book covers the evaluation process involved in order to determine whether a personal injury claim is legitimate, especially when psychological harm is claimed.
Purpose: The book covers "the foundational tort law under which such evaluations are conducted, the particular duties of the forensic evaluator, and the supporting scientific evidence," and provides "step-by-step guidance, from the first contact with the attorney to the completion of all evaluative tasks (including possible expert testimony), in the assessment of personal injury claims."
Audience: The series editors note that, "although this series focuses mainly on evaluations conducted by psychologists and psychiatrists, the fundamentals and principles offered also apply to evaluations conducted by clinical social workers, psychiatric nurses, and other mental health professionals." Andrew W. Kane, a clinical and forensic psychologist, is a diplomate of the American Board of Assessment Psychologists, and Joel A. Dvoskin, a clinical psychologist, is a diplomate in forensic psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology.
Features: The book begins by detailing legal and mental health assessment concepts, as well as general principles. Next, it describes preparation for the evaluation, including the relationship with the attorney and ethical issues, especially confidentiality and the Tarasoff Rule. It continues with data collection including gathering medical records and other pertinent data, and with conducting psychological testing. The book emphasizes the importance of assessing personality style and ruling out malingering. One of the most important steps in the process is the interpretation, "to identify trends in the data, and to resolve any inconsistencies identified." Finally, the book details report writing and testimony. The authors note that it is easier to testify about a well-done, comprehensive report. Three appendixes have standard forms that can be modified to fit a specific provider: a) a service contract, b) release of information, and c) request for collateral interviews. Other features include case law, info, best practice, and beware boxes at the side of the pages to emphasize and clarify key points.
Assessment: This excellent book is not exhaustive, but it provides important information, especially for clinicians who are learning how to conduct these evaluations. The authors are experts in the field and the book is easy to read.
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Meet the Author

Andrew W. Kane, Ph.D., ABAP is Professor, Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology and a Forensic Psychologist in Private Practice.

Joel A. Dvoskin, Ph.D., ABPP is Assistant Professor, University of Arizona and a Forensic Psychologist in Private Practice.

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Table of Contents

Foundation

Chapter 1 The Legal Context 5

Chapter 2 Forensic Mental Health Assessment Concepts 29

Chapter 3 Empirical Foundations and Limits 39

Application

Chapter 4 Preparation for the Evaluation 77

Chapter 5 Data Collection 113

Chapter 6 Interpretation 171

Chapter 7 Report Writing and Testimony 191

References 211

Appendix A Forensic Services Contract 233

Appendix B Statement of Understanding for an Evaluation, and Release of Information 239

Appendix C Request for Collateral Interviews 241

Cases 243

Key Terms 245

Index 249

About the Authors 261

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