Medico-legal / psycho-legal Services
Fields of work
In this field work relates to personal injuries and dependents’ claims for loss of support, divorce action, and damages arising out of the employment practices.
The role of the industrial psychologist is to assist with the quantification of damages the individual suffered, or may suffer in future, due to a loss or reduction in work capacity and associated earnings or income potential. (Read more about citation)
Loss of support
Loss of support claims arising out of the death of a provider is similar to the process discussed above (personal injury). Historical data with regards to the deceased provider and current market information is relied on to determine career paths. A career path for a remaining partner/spouse is constructed as it is necessary to determine the total income.
Where an individual’s marketability has been affected as a result of the termination of a contract or other reason (sexual harassment / assault / industrial action) the industrial psychologist will provide an opinion with regards to alternative employment, retention or to determine the individual’s fitness as an employee.
What is considered
- Socioeconomic circumstances;
- Family background;
- Educational background;
- Employment history;
- Psychometric test results (where applicable);
- Collateral information;
- Expert opinions;
- Conditions in the open labour market.
Industrial psychologists are required to provide information with regards to a reasonable income a spouse is able to generate in order to contribute towards their own upkeep.
Requesting an appointment
Contact the Industrial Psychologist via the contact form or by e-mail.
Fees and payment terms are available on request. Read More
A letter of instruction (LOI) is required from the referring attorney. The LOI should contain the purpose of the medico-legal evaluation, a list of the expert reports available, relevant reference numbers, as well as relevant dates (report delivery date, trial date).
Available expert reports, as detailed in the LOI, should be attached as an annexure or annexures to the LOI.
All expert reports should be available to the industrial psychologist prior to the scheduled evaluation. Click here for a list expert reports that may be required based on the injuries sustained.
A list of the information and documentation required from the client on the day of the evaluation will be sent to the referring attorney’s office.
Once the claimant has been evaluated, and all the necessary documentation and expert reports have been received, the report writing and finalisation process will begin.
Evaluations are conducted in-person at the referring attorney’s office or serviced offices (Regus) and can also be done virtually.
Evaluations are conducted in English or Afrikaans. Should the client not be able to converse in English or Afrikaans the referring attorney will need to arrange for an interpreter / translator.Read More
Information is gleaned from the client through a semi-structured interview as well as open ended questions.
Psychometric assessments, unless deemed essential (such as for career guidance), are not conducted. The outcome of psychometric assessments contained in relevant expert reports are relied upon.
Psychometric assessments, unless deemed essential (career guidance), are conducted. The outcome of psychometric assessments contained in relevant expert reports are relied upon.
Reports are provided to the attorney requesting the evaluation.
Reports will not be provided to the client (claimant / defendant) or third party.
Reports are provided within the timeframe agreed to between the referring attorney and the industrial psychologist.Read More
|Orthopaedic||Orthopaedic surgeon (including sub-specialities), physiotherapist, occupational therapist, biokinetics, clinical psychologist (especially in the case of severe trauma / traumatic amputation), prosthetic and orthotic consultant, mobility specialist, urologist (in case of a spinal injury), neurosurgeon, plastic and reconstructive surgeon.|
|Head / Brain||Neurosurgeon, neurologist, neuropsychologist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, educational psychologist (when dealing with a child), plastic and reconstructive surgeon.|
|Abdominal||Depending on the injury and organs affected, a gastroenterologist, general surgeon, various categories of specialist physicians and a plastic and reconstructive surgeon (if applicable).|
|Chest and Lungs||Pulmonologist.|
|Burns||Plastic and reconstructive surgeon, clinical psychologist (especially in the case of severe trauma)|
|Adapted from: Roos, V, Scholts, J.G and Wessels, C. (2016). An introduction to forensic psychology. Ivyline Technologies, Potchefstroom.|