Civil Law

Civil issues

In civil law a psychological evaluation is performed because a person claims to be suffering from emotional distress or emotional harm and this distress was caused by another person or an event.   The purpose of the evaluation is to help the court, attorney, or insurance company understand the psychological functioning of the person before the injury and then how the event affected the person.  These evaluations usually include a comprehensive interview, psychological testing, and collateral sources of information.  

The inclusion of psychological testing is often regarded as the hallmark of these evaluations and differentiates a psychological evaluation from evaluations performed by other mental health professionals.  The tests provide information that cannot be directly observed or noticed during an interview.  They generate hypotheses which are either confirmed or disconfirmed with interview data, collateral information and other sources of information.  

The interviews, observations, test data, collateral information, and other sources of information provide a scientific basis for the report and the evaluator’s clinical knowledge applies to the specific case.  Together the scientific basis and clinical knowledge provide the foundation for the psychological expert’s opinion.

Some areas in which a psychological evaluation is performed are:

  • Capacity (Civil Competency) 
  • Disability Determination
  • Employment Discrimination or Harassment
  • Guardianship  
  • Hostile Workplace 
  • Independent Medical Examinations (IME’s) psychological focus
  • Malpractice
  • Personal Injury 
  • Testamentary Capacity 
  • Wrongful Termination

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