Information for Attorneys: Independent Psychiatric Examination

Discuss the case by telephone first:

Before scheduling an examination Dr. Edwards prefers that you discuss your needs and the legal issues involved in the case. There is no charge for this preliminary consultation. Dr. Edwards will provide an opinion based on the issues and facts you present. Based on this you may decide to have him review records or schedule an examination. You may decide that the opinion will not be useful in which case Dr. Edwards may be able to "play devil's advocate" to assist in predicting the arguments of the opposition. This is also the time to make sure there is no conflict of roles, loyalty or interest that might result if, for example, Dr. Edwards has already been retained by the other side. He may be unable to tell you the reason that he cannot accept a case.

Types of cases:

Dr. Edwards cases involving civil and criminal matters. He works on cases involving:

  • marital dissolution
  • testamentary capacity
  • medical malpractice
  • disability accommodation
  • workplace harassment
  • workmen's compensation
  • personal injury
  • professional impairment and licensing

 

  • insanity defense
  • competence to stand trial

Fees and payment:

If you decide to use his services, Dr. Edwards will send you a retainer agreement (see below) which lists all fees. This must be signed and returned with a retainer. The attorney rather than the subject must accept responsibility for payment.

Information the doctor can use:

Written information you should consider asking Dr. Edwards to review may include medical records, military records, depositions, and personnel records. Dr. Edwards may also want to interview by telephone or in the office relatives, coworkers or other individuals who know the subject.

Preparing the subject:

To avoid refusal to be examined or other delays at the time of the examination, please inform the subject (and subject's counsel) of what to expect. The examination may last most of a day. The subject will be asked to sign an authorization for examination and release of medical information (see below) before the examination begins. The subject will probably be asked to complete an MMPI II at the office. Whether and by whom the subject will be accompanied should be agreed upon before the day of the examination. Whether the examination will be recorded with an audio or video recorder should be agreed upon before the day of the examination.

The Report:

After the collection of information and the examination itself Dr. Edwards will discuss his opinion with you. If you wish to use his opinion, he prefers to prepare a formal report documenting the opinion and its basis in an organized fashion.

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Berry Edwards,
Jul 19, 2010, 8:24 AM
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Berry Edwards,
Jul 19, 2010, 8:24 AM