Perceived Gender Bias and the Expert Witness

By Nancy Hoffman, PsyD fpamed Forensic Psychologist The power I exert on the court depends on the power of my arguments, not on my gender. – Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Historically, medicine and the law have been typically dominated by men, creating the possibility of gender bias in the courtroom. Therefore, women’s presentation style is […]

The Benefits of Using the “Team Approach” When Assessing Emotional Damages in Mass Tort Litigation 

By Dr. Mark I. Levy, MD, DLFAPA fpamed Forensic Psychiatrist Catastrophic events, or other situations such as toxic torts and product liability claims, often lead to litigation where a large number of claimants report severe emotional damages. While multi-plaintiff litigation requires an expert to contrast and compare vulnerabilities and resiliency factors within members of the […]

Six Tips for Making the Best Use of an Emotional Damages Expert

by Tyler Durns, MD fpamed Forensic Psychiatrist First, one must understand what emotional damages claims entail. Such declarations might be founded in a variety of outcomes and antecedents. Emotional damage claims may result from duress relating to routine employment, workplace discrimination and harassment, emotional harm from defamation and libel, intentional or negligent infliction of emotional […]

How Forensic Psychiatrists Evaluate Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury

By Octavio Choi, MD, PhD fpamed Forensic Psychiatrist Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a type of injury that is caused by a sudden and violent blow or jolt to the head. It can result in a wide range of organic/cognitive/emotional injuries and behavioral symptoms, depending on the severity of the head trauma. One area where […]

When should you retain a forensic neuropsychiatrist as an expert witness?

By Nicole Brooks, MD fpamed Forensic Psychiatrist A forensic neuropsychiatrist is a medical professional who specializes in the interaction of neurology (i.e. brain, spinal cord, and nerve structure and function), psychiatry (mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders), and the law. This type of expert witness may be uniquely valuable in a variety of legal cases to […]

What is the Value of a Forensic Psychologist?

By Howard J. Friedman, PhD, ABPP fpamed Forensic Neuropsychologist Forensic psychology is the intersection of psychology and the legal system. Forensic psychologists apply their knowledge of psychology to legal issues and often work with criminal cases. They can play a valuable role in the legal process by providing insights into the mental states of individuals […]

Six Tips for Choosing the Right Forensic Psychiatric Expert

When it comes to choosing a forensic psychiatric expert, it’s important to select someone who has the right qualifications and experience. This type of expert is typically called upon to provide psychological or psychiatric evaluations, testimony, and reports in legal proceedings, including criminal and civil cases. Here are some key factors to consider when selecting […]

Growing and Managing Expert Witness Practice with Mark Levy, MD and Charles Saldanha, MD

On November 11th, 2020, we were joined by Mark Levy, MD and Charles Saldanha, MD, members of since 2005, for a really informative discussion on growing and managing your forensic #expertwitness practice. Doctors Levy and Saldanha started Forensic Psychiatric Associates, LP, in 2005. Dr. Levy had been a solo practitioner of clinical and forensic psychiatry for many years before he and Dr. Saldanha decided to partner and build a nationwide forensic #psychiatry and #psychology practice.

CHOOSING A FORENSIC PSYCHIATRIC EXPERT: The Difference between Treating Clinicians and Forensic Psychiatric Experts

San Francisco Attorney Magazine, summer 2012. In this article Dr. Levy compares and contrasts the different Missions, Methods and Ethical Duties of Forensic Psychiatric (and Psychological) Experts with Treating Clinicians.

Medical Expert Witness as Evidence

  THIS BLOG APPEARED ON jANUARY 4, 2009 ON iT IS REPRODUCED HERE FOR YOUR INTEREST.     The Legal Way This blog is all about interesting decisions oftribunals all around the world whether fictional or real. I would like to emphasize the arguments and defenses that were use in order to guide the […]

“Proximate Cause” & Scientific Causation

Forensic Psychiatrists, Psychologists and all testifying expert physicians are expected to offer their opinions in both civil and criminal matters to the standard of proof of “reasonable medical certainty” (“reasonable medical probability” in California). However, the legal definitions of causation (proximate cause) and the notion of causation from the perspective of behavioral science are not the same, and sometimes actually diverge. This article by Dr. Levy attempts to explain those differences, explicate the potential dilemmas, and suggest some pitfalls for the testifying medical-legal expert to avoid when discussing “causation” in its legal context.

MCLE Presentation Topics

The following is a list of topics about which fpamed experts can offer educational MCLE presentations:   “Heck of a Job!” –  The Role of Forensic Psychiatrists and Psychologists in Employment Litigation. Heck of a Job! Understanding & Assessing Emotional Damage Claims in Employment Litigation “Stressing the Point” – Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): What it is […]