Article - DISABILITY: Disability Evaluations and Aging

DISABILITY: Disability Evaluations and Aging Many variables need to be considered when determining the extent and presence of disability. Physical, cognitive and emotional injury influence one another when assessing initial disability level and the ultimate extent of...

Article - PSYCHIATRY: Psychiatric Impairment Assessment

PSYCHIATRY: Psychiatric Impairment Assessment Psychiatric impairment is a major determinant in many individuals’ ability to return to work. There exist numerous non-medical factors By L.J.H., M.D., P.A. Psychiatric impairment is a major determinant in many...

Article - PSYCHOLOGY: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Employment Litigation

PSYCHOLOGY: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Employment Litigation Claims of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are made in all types of employment litigation; mental and emotional injuries constitute the bulk of an employer’s exposure. Psychiatric evaluation of...

Article - PEDIATRIC NEUROPSYCHOLOGY: Differential Considerations Between Pediatric Neuropsychology and School-Based Psychology

By Expert ID: 3006, PsyD, ABPdN, ABN The American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology (ABPdN) defines pediatric neuropsychology as a specialty within the field of psychology and related health-care sciences. The emphasis in pediatric neuropsychology is the study and...
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Article - PSYCHOLOGY: The Hidden Costs of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

By: Expert ID: 22006, Ph.D. As a psychologist I have worked with many individuals suffering from PTSD as a result of warfare, trauma, accidents and injuries. In addition, I have provided expert witness consultation and testimony on a variety of personal injury and...
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Article - CASE CONSULTING: Optimizing Criminal Defense Dollars in a Shrinking Funding Cycle – Utilizing the Case Consultant

By Expert ID: 5020, Psy.D. With few exceptions, many jurisdictions around the country are limiting defense expenditures across the board; creating extraordinarily difficult situations (at best) for attorneys working to assure their clients receive effective...
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Article - PSYCHIATRY: How To Read A Psychiatric Report

By Expert ID: 5034, M.D. All psychiatric reports evaluate something, but not always the same thing. For example, eligibility for benefits, or fitness to do a job – for HR purposes or wrongful termination litigation. To make sense of the report, the reader must...
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Article - PSYCHOLOGY: Parents of Sexually Abused Children

Parents of Sexually Abused Children   Much has been written about the emotional trauma experienced by the sexually abused child. According to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System, over 85,000 children are sexually abused in America each year. That...
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Article - PSYCHOLOGY: Autism Spectrum Disorders

By Expert ID: 05067, Ph.D. Autism and other autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are increasingly common diagnoses for children throughout the world. A growing number of legal matters, including child custody cases, involve at least one child with such a diagnosis....
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Article - NEUROPSYCHOLOGY: Is There Evidence for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury? A Case for the Expert Neuropsychologist

By Expert ID: 6085, Ph.D. One of the most controversial, yet persistently disabling injuries involved in litigation is Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI). Mild Traumatic Brain Injury is typically defined as an injury to the head resulting in brief-or-no loss of...
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Article - PSYCHOLOGY: Who Doesn’t Have Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

By Expert ID: 39007, Ph.D., ABPP (FP) Claims of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in civil litigation have increased in recent years. These are often supported by a letter or report from a therapist and/or an independent evaluator retained by the Plaintiff’s...
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Article - NEUROLOGY: Tardive Dyskinesia

Tardive dyskinesia is a serious neurological disorder, characterized by rapid, continual blinking, grimacing, involuntary movements, as well as impaired mobility of the fingers. Elderly patients, especially women, are at greater risk to contract Tardive Dyskinesia. TD...
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Article - PHARMACOLOGY: PTSD and Ecstacy – It’s Not A Joke

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is sometimes difficult to treat; witnessing sexual/physical abuse or injury, or actually suffering from the experience can lead to repeating nightmares, paranoia, sleeplessness, a sense of numbness and flashbacks. A small...
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Article - PHARMACOLOGY: Nicotine and Its Effects On The Brain

By Expert ID: 10036, M.D. Smoking is the most common method of consuming tobacco and consequently it is the most common substance smoked. The World Health Organization reports that ongoing tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death worldwide and causes 5.4...
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Article - PSYCHOLOGY: Mental Health Experts In Civil Litigation

By Expert ID: 44016, Ph.D., ABPP In civil litigation, a mental health expert can serve as a consultant, a treatment provider or a forensic evaluator. For example, a plaintiff sues his/her employer for emotional damages and a mental health professional is sought to...
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Article - PSYCHOLOGY: Kids Who Kill – Attachment Disorder, Antisocial Personality And Violence

By Expert ID: 7026, Ph.D., P.A. More and more children are failing to develop secure attachments to loving and protective caregivers. These children are left without the most important foundation for healthy development, and are flooding our child welfare and juvenile...
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Article - PSYCHOLOGY: Jury Victim Bias

Jury Victim Bias   A recent study examined 136 jury cases between 2000 and 2009 involving exposure to toxic chemicals (specifically asbestos, toxic mold and lead poisoning). The jury verdicts show an “indentifiable victim bias” (IVP), causing jurors...
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Article - PSYCHOLOGY: Immigration Psychology

By Expert ID: 05101, Ph.D., MSW Psychologists can provide a needed service to attorneys and their clients who are involved in the process of immigration. The immigration process presents many challenges to both foreign nationals who seek to settle permanently in the...
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Article - PHARMACOLOGY: Ibuprofen and SJS

There has been a great deal of attention paid to Motrin/Advil/Ibuprofen lately and its connection to Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS). Ibuprofen is known to the general public to be a safe anti-inflammatory, even at prescription strengths. However, more reports are...
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Article - PHARMACOLOGY: FDA and Avandia

The FDA is under fire from Senate members to ban the use of Avandia, the popular diabetes drug from GlaxoSmithKline. It has been speculated that as many as 80,000 heart attacks have been initiated by the use of Avandia. The FDA is reviewing documents and recommends...
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Article - PHARMACOLOGY: Dilantin and SJS

Dilantin (Phenytoin) has been used for decades to treat seizures in adults and children, primarily for epilepsy as well as during and after surgeries. The Epilepsy Foundation says that over three million Americans have some form of seizure disorder, with 200,000 new...
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Article - PSYCHIATRY: Collaboration, Continuous Quality Improvement and Counting Pennies in Correctional Institutions

By Expert ID: 06005, M.D. Last week I entered a cell-block in Jailtown, USA. The facility was several decades old, a crumbling fortress of concrete and steel. It sorely needed new paint, air conditioning to alleviate the soaring humidity, and a good old-fashioned...
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Article - PSYCHOLOGY: Child Abuse – A Worklist

There is nothing so tragic as an abused or neglected child. Emotional injuries stemming from this behavior can last a lifetime. Recognizing the signs of abuse or neglect early on can save lives. Neglect or Physical Abuse may be an issue if the child: Is overly...
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