Workers’ Compensation

Agreed and Qualified Psychological Evaluations

 

 Pasadena • Glendale • Long Beach • Whittier • Downey • Torrance

Westlake Village • Woodland Hills • Valencia • San Bernardino

 Workers’ Compensation can be complex and subtle requiring thorough and impartial assessment of a legitimate claim or an instance of suspected or probable fraud.  As an AME or PQME, Dr. Hall, can offer invaluable, impartial and well-reasoned opinions, along with thoughtful consideration of alternate opinions.

Dr. Hall, QME in Psychology in Los Angeles,  personally conducts a six to eight hour comprehensive psychological workers compensation evaluation booked in one of her ten DWC authorized locations. On the day of examination, two to three hours are focused on the clinical interview. Dr. Hall conducts a mental status examination, reviews the alleged workplace injury to the psyche, explores concurrent nonindustrial stressors, and documents medical and personal history pertaining to the examinee’s mental health over time.

Dr. Hall personally conducts psychological testing, which takes four to five hours. Her basic battery includes the Test of Memory Malingering (TOMM), the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), the Wahler Physical Symptoms Inventory (WPSI), the Beck Depression Inventory – II (BDI-II), Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI), and the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory -2 (MMPI-2). Other psychometric tools are added for specialty concerns such as substance abuse, attention deficit, traumatic brain injury, traumatic stress exposure, etc. While the examinee is completing written testing, Dr. Hall remains in the testing room to respond to questions by the examinee and ensure test security. During this period, Dr. Hall reviews the clinical interview as compared to the records she reviewed prior to the examination.

Review of Records is conducted prior to the examination whenever records are provided more than 72 hours in advance of the examination.

A comprehensive discussion of current psychological functioning, providing a behavioral description of social and occupational impairment and diagnosis utilizing DSM IV-TR diagnostic guidelines, including assignment of a GAF score, when there is a mental health condition, as well as evidence-based opinions regarding AOE/COE.

  • Scheduling of appointment within 60 days
  • Records acquisition
  • Clear and applicable expert psychological examination
  • Evidence based opinions and recommendations based on current interpretations of  Worker’s Compensation guidelines and psychological research, including a thorough understanding of temporary partial and total disability opinions.

Workers’ Compensation claims present a complicated challenge for workers and employees alike. As a QME in Psychology, Dr. Hall can serve as a resource to examine the facts, understand the issues, and offer expert opinions regarding whether or not there is an industrially-related psychological injury.