Psychological personal injury evaluations are conducted to assess whether an event or its consequences have caused psychological or emotional injury. When there is injury, the forensic expert documents the nature and severity of the harm caused. When warranted, the forensic psychologist (expert witness) documents the absence of injuries and/or documents any malingering, deception, or exaggeration of symptoms. Personal injury psychological evaluations may be helpful when there are allegations of discrimination, hostile work environment, domestic violence, sexual harassment, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Malingering, and Deception
In personal injury cases, the role of a forensic psychologist (expert witness) usually entails one or more of the following: conducting evaluations, giving expert testimony, or consulting with other professionals.
As an evaluator, the Forensic psychologist (expert witness) conducts psycho-legal interviews and psychological testing (e.g., intelligence, personality, trauma, depression, malingering, deception, exaggeration of symptoms, etc.) to respond to the client’s questions. At the client’s discretion, the forensic psychologist (expert witness) may provide a verbal or written psychological evaluation report. The psychological report is written in plain language and it is narrow in focus, as it should only include information that concerns the referral question.
As an expert witness, the testimony of the forensic psychologist (expert witness) must convey professionalism, credibility, and mastery of the subject. The testimony should never be influenced by the expert’s emotions or personal beliefs. The expert witness must convey that the opinions given are impartial and based on the highest standards of practice.
As a psychology consultant, the expert works for the retaining party. The purpose of the consulting psychologist is using his training and experience to assist the employer without compromising the professional and ethical standards. Prior to accepting a case, the consultant should receive a summary of the case, as this would help determine whether the expertise of the forensic psychologist (expert witness) can be of service to the hiring party and could help reduce ethical concerns.
Based in South Florida, Florida Forensic Psychology conducts personal injury psychological evaluations in all of Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and other states.