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Personal Injury and Emotional Distress

Personal injury and emotional distress claims are civil court matters in which psychologists may become involved in several ways. A claim of psychological injury or emotional distress resulting from the intentional or reckless actions of another sets in motion the collection of data to buttress or refute the claim. Treatment providers, whose interventions occur in a helping context, may offer an opinion to the court about the nature, causation, and consequences of the psychological injury. A more objective, investigatory, and wide-ranging investigation offers greater utility to the fact finder, however, and this is the primary contribution of the forensic psychologist in court. This examination may be accomplished at the request of the plaintiff's or the defendant's counsel, and it is characterized by multiple sources and ...

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