Psychologists are often requested as expert witnesses in lawsuits. They may present an expert opinion on the mental health of an individual who has made a claim as a means of determining the validity of his or her case. Independent medical exams may be a valuable procedure in relation to litigation involving emotional distress, which may be relevant in reaching a successful outcome.
There are many types of litigation relevant to psychology, expert witnesses in the discipline may have a specific area of focus, such as family counseling, rehabilitation counseling, stress management, substance abuse, psychotherapy, emotional distress, learning disabilities, clinical psychology, marriage counseling, disability evaluations, child psychology, mood disorders, dementia, anxiety disorders, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (T.B.I.), addictions medicine, and industrial psychology.
Psychology expert witnesses may be called upon to perform an evaluation as a means of determining whether an individual has the competency to proceed to trial. In certain discrimination cases, the assessment of a mental or learning disability may be relevant in the event of a lawsuit. Mental evaluations may determine if an individual is exaggerating symptoms or malingering, which would be relevant in a claim made against an employer, those involved with an accident, or other individuals or organizations involved with a lawsuit.
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