The psychology practice provides expert opinion within the realm of clinical practice in the following areas;
- Personal injury
- Medical negligence
- Mediation processes
In all instances the practice works with lawyers depending on the instruction at hand. The attorneys rely on experts in assisting the courts to reach a reasonable settlement. The attorneys obtain medical records from where treatment was received and issue a letter of instruction. Records obtained include those of other experts who have provided written statements whether in their capacity as treatment experts or as medico-legal experts. The practice reviews relevant records, collects collateral information, conducts interviews where possible with affected parties in the compilation of the necessary documentation. Once all possible relevant information is obtained the expert assigned to the case being assisted, formulates an opinion about the matter concerned. The opinion is viewed in conjunction with other opinions by the courts which decides on all probability, what opinion of the experts enables the court to reach its decision. The practice has no final say in the decision of the courts and can not be an end in itself.
The practice provides experts opinion in matters where a person or persons have been injured in an accident. The personal injuries include; slip and fall, motorcycle, car accidents, bicycle accidents, trains, public vehicle, truck and bus accidents. The practice is instructed by a law firm to prepare a report after considering the facts available. The hospital or clinic records are very crucial in starting a process of preparing a report and assisting a law firm. Without relevant records, formulating an opinion is a futile exercise.
In the case of medical negligence, the practice will assist in formulating an opinion in so far as the matter relates to relevant experience, in this case to the mental health suffered. However, records usually provide a historical perspective that assists in the formulation of the opinion. The opinions of other experts are used to strengthen the formulation. A matter is worthy to be pursued if injuries and damages are substantial and justifiable. Malpractice cases can be very expensive, extremely stressful and time-consuming.
Within the realm of medical negligence, there are instances in which facilitating an apology is needed. Emotions can be high, preventing an apology from taking a place. This instance may require dedicated mediation process with the support of the legal process prior to the matter going for litigation. At times facilitation of an apology may avert catastrophe for parties involved. A claim can be too high to stomach. Mediation can bring a claim to realistic levels to allow parties to continue with their lives with minimum material costs. To a great extent it boils down to managing the psychological processes that fuel emotions. The practice assists in managing these psychological challenges.
In custody matters, the mediation involves in helping parents determine how their relationship with their minors will unfold after divorce and facilitating such agreements. It covers evaluating family, social, schooling, personalities and psychological wellbeing of parties involved their care of their minors without depriving each parent’s need to raise the children. Balancing these needs is very complex and needs appropriate mediation processes.