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Workers’ Compensation Evaluations

  • Albert M. Drukteinis
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Abstract

Disability evaluations in workers’ compensation cases have unique issues for treating and forensic clinicians to address. Clinicians need to assess not only psychiatric impairment but also whether that impairment arose out of and in the course of employment. This chapter reviews methods for that assessment; and potential limitations typically based on the nature of the relationship between the clinician and patient, as well as the types of corroborating information needed to adequately make the assessment. Treating clinicians particularly are cautioned as to how far to express opinions given their therapeutic alliance with the patient. Stepwise approaches in such assessments are outlined.

Keywords

Workers compensation  Impairment  Disability  Injury  Employment  Mental stress claim  Permanent disability  Partial disability  Causation  

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryDartmouth Medical SchoolManchesterUSA

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