Quite often, determining psychological disability issues bring about a confluence of complex laws and regulations, combined with unique issues for a forensic psychologist. Knowing only if the client is being honest about his or her injury is essential, but never enough. Instead, Personal Injury or Worker’s Compensation evaluations must determine the degree of functional impairment, and be able to articulate this in a manner which can be used and understood in Labor Board hearings.
Recent changes in the Vermont Department of Labor Rules have substantially changed how Worker's Compensation Disability Determinations are performed. Whether for the plaintiff or the insurance company, the stakes in Personal Injury cases are very high. Qualified Forensic Psychologists must utilize various case law for guidance in making such determinations. Knowledge of relevant case law, current trends and appropriate testing procedures is essential for any Forensic Psychologist working in the field of Worker’s Compensation and Personal Injury. Furthermore, empirical assessment of response validity assures that the evaluation has the necessary validity to have adequate bearing in Labor Board or Tort hearings.
Dr. Nash has the experience necessary to appropriately structure an evaluation to provide the information which is crucial for the appropriate disposition of many types Worker’s Compensation cases.