Anyone working in the rehabilitation arena these days is fully aware of the potential for litigation. Whether you are a counselor, life care planner, case manager, researcher, nurse, or technical expert, the chances of being called to give a deposition or make a courtroom appearance increase daily. Today, the role of the rehabilitation professional is not getting any easier. With litigation more than a possibility in any disability or catastrophic illness case, rehabilitation experts, both plaintiff and defense, need to present themselves in the very best light possible.
Guide to Rehabilitation Testimony: The Expert's Role as an Educator offers something for everyone, novice and expert alike. Here are 10 comprehensive chapters of courtroom-tested procedures that work. Also provided are 11 valuable appendices. In over 23 years of working as a rehabilitation professional, Dr. Deutsch has spent thousands of hours giving testimony. Here are tried and proven methods of handling yourself and your material in a legal setting.
Table of Contents
The Dual Role of the Rehabilitation Expert
Utilizing the Rehabilitation Expert: A Defense Attorney's Perspective - Dennis A. Vandenberg
Utilizing the Rehabilitation Expert: A Plaintiff Attorney's Perspective - Paul E. Godlewski
Qualifying the Expert and Defining the Role of the Rehabilitation Professional
The Presentation of the Evaluation, Data Gathering, and Test Procedures
Presenting the Non-catastrophic Case
Presenting the Catastrophic Injury Case and Life Care Plan
The Role of the Economist: Coordinating with the Rehabilitation Expert - Frederick A. Raffa, Ph.D.
Understanding Structured Settlements: The Role of the Rehabilitation Professional in Working with the Annuity Broker - Richard C. Raffa
Glossary of Legal Terms
A: Philosophical Focus for the Rehabilitation Professional: Nine Steps to Reducing Stress in Testimony
B: Questions for Qualifying the Rehabilitation Expert
C: Questions for Educating the Judge or Jury on Evaluation Procedures
D: Questions for the Non-Catastrophic Rehabilitation Case
E: Questions for Presentation of the Catastrophic Injury
F-1: Questions for Attorneys to Use in Deposing the Injured Party
F-2: Clinical Interview and History for Chronic Pain/Chronic Disability
F-3: Clinical Interview and History for Head and Spinal Cord Injury
F-4: Clinical Interview and History for Pediatrics
G: File Check List for Testimony Preparation
H: Life Care Plan Shell