Civil Litigation

Civil Litigation

In civil court, psychologists and psychiatrists are often brought in to assess factors related to certain types of injury or injustice. Glaser clinicians provide professional consultation and psychological assessment in many matters of civil litigation including emotional injury, sexual abuse, trauma, stress, depression, chronic pain and anxiety, among others.

Glaser Forensic Group specializes in all aspects of civil litigation and expert witness testimony. Utilizing a highly skilled team of professional and experienced clinicians, GFG is a reliable source for impartial evaluation and reporting. With thirty years of experience, Glaser Forensic Group has handled cases ranging from age discrimination to wrongful termination.

To learn more about Glaser Forensic Group’s approach to matters of civil litigation select from the following services:

  • Age, Gender, Sex, and Race Discrimination
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Brain Injuries (Traumatic and Non)
  • Child Abuse
  • Employment Law
  • Fitness For Duty
  • Juvenile Psychology
  • Mental Health Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Testamentary Capacity
  • Wrongful Termination

 

Age, Gender, Sex and Race Discrimination

Discrimination cases can be difficult to prove. Glaser Forensic Group is recognized by plaintiff and defense attorneys as the experts when it comes to evaluating the complex claims of psychological injury to employment law litigants. The experts at Glaser Forensic Group combine both their clinical acuity and forensic skills to navigate through the cross cultural factors of age, gender, sex and race that impact subjective perceptions of this form of discrimination.  GFG specialists assess if the patient’s symptoms are validated from the discrimination or a byproduct of unrelated causes that have been displaced.

American’s with Disabilities Act

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits private employers, state and local governments, employment agencies and labor unions from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities. Glaser Forensic Group conducts comprehensive diagnostic interviews to develop a complete evaluation that delineates the claimant’s limitations and capabilities.Factors taken into account include the claimant’s medical, occupational and personal history. 

Brain Injuries (Traumatic and Non)

Brain Injuries can cause a host of physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral effects, and outcomes can range from complete recovery to permanent disability. Experts at Glaser Forensic Group have worked with patients suffering from various degrees of brain injury, including mental illness and neurobiological disease, including dementia. Our highly skilled neuropsychologists administer rigorous testing to delineate issues such as aging, cognitive brain capacity and mental illness.  In addition, our compassionate team adeptly handles the clinical interview to set the patient at ease. 

Child Abuse

Child abuse can take several forms: The most frequently occurring are physical, sexual, psychological, and neglect. Glaser Forensic Group has specialists whose training and practice is in the area of child psychiatry and psychology. These experts have evaluated and counseled hundreds of victims and perpetrators of child abuse. They employ the latest research, testing methodologies and clinical applications to render comprehensive and well supported opinions. 

Employment Law

Employment law is a broad area encompassing all areas of the employer/employee relationship. Employment law is governed by thousands of federal and state statutes, administrative regulations, and judicial decisions. It is a complex system that requires vast clinical and forensic experience. Glaser Forensic Group is retained by both Plaintiff and Defense attorneys when expert and reliable evaluations are required.

Fitness for Duty

A Fitness for Duty Examination (FFDE) is a formal, specialized examination of an incumbent employee that results from objective evidence that the employee may be unable to safely or effectively perform a defined job; and a reasonable basis for believing that the cause may be attributable to a psychological condition or impairment. These issues combined with limitations defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are imposing complex restrictions on employers. In the event an employee displays aberrant or unusual behavior, Glaser Forensic Group specialists are trained to evaluate such individuals for "Fitness for Duty” and to make appropriate recommendation to company management.

Juvenile Psychology 

Psychological evaluation of juvenile offenders can provide valuable information to the court which can be used in developing a rehabilitation plan for the juvenile. Glaser Forensic Group experts provide  psychological consultations, evaluations, and expert witness testimony for both defense attorneys and prosecutors and focus on issues such as competency to stand trial; criminal responsibility (legal insanity); competency to waive Miranda Rights; juvenile waiver; competency to be sentenced; sentencing and pre-sentencing recommendations. These evaluations may be ordered by the court at the request of either the prosecution or the defense. Glaser Forensic Group has experienced forensic psychiatrists and psychologists, who have completed court-ordered evaluations of children and adolescents in juvenile and family court proceedings.

Mental Health Malpractice

Psychiatrists and psychologists have the important duty of treating patients with respect and dignity, providing appropriate care and preventing patient harm. While most mental health professionals fulfill these obligations and provide a tremendous benefit to patients and their families, some providers cause significant suffering and harm to patients and their loved ones.

Psychiatric patients are often vulnerable and fragile and depend on their health professionals to provide the appropriate support and care they need. When a mental health professional fails to exercise the degree of care and skill that would be reasonably expected of a provider under similar conditions and a patient suffers harm, the provider can be held responsible through a medical malpractice lawsuit. Glaser Forensic Group experts understand the protocols and best practices fellow psychologists and psychiatrists should follow. Glaser Forensic Group has been retained in cases involving diagnostic errors, improper prescription, and alleged patient/therapist sexual interaction, breach of confidentiality, unprofessional behavior and wrongful death.

Personal Injury

Personal Injury is a legal term for an injury to the body, mind or emotions. Glaser Forensic Group experts routinely evaluate personal injury cases and understand how physical pain and injury can lead to psychological problems. GFG’s extensive background in testing, evaluation and independent reporting can help articulate the differences between normal reactions to trauma, maladaptive responses that result in psychological disorders and exaggeration and malingering. 

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is a form of Sex Discrimination that occurs in the workplace. Glaser Forensic Group experts are routinely retained by both plaintiff and defense attorneys to help evaluate and determine the validity of these complex claims. GFG’s experience has shown that cases often turn on differing interpretations of communications or understanding of the work environment based on past experiences. In evaluating patients, GFG considers, among other things, inherent power differentials in the work place, pre-existing factors, treatment issues and patient credibility.

Testamentary Capacity

Testamentary Capacity is the legal term used to describe a person’s legal and mental ability to make or alter a valid will. Glaser Forensic Group has extensive experience in working with patients suffering from various degrees of brain injury, mental and neurological illness and dementia. GFG’s neuropsychologists are experts at combining clinical interviews with rigorous testing standards to distinguish issues of aging, cognitive capacity, brain injury and mental illness to determine competency.

Wrongful Termination

A “wrongful termination” is one in which an employer has discharged or laid off an employee in violation of a legal right of the employee. Glaser Forensic Group works with both defense and plaintiff attorneys to evaluate the complexity of claims involving psychological injury to employment law litigants. Our clinical staff is experienced with the psychological repercussions that result from wrongful termination and how pre-existing and immediate non-employment difficulties can exacerbate underlying psychological conditions. GFG firmly ascribes to a rigorous evaluation and interview process, starting with a history of the circumstances leading to the termination.  GFG’s responsibility is to determine if the patient’s distress results from the termination or serves as a focus upon which unrelated difficulties are displaced.