In many cases, forensic evaluations and testimony can be accomplished remotely via videoconferencing. Forensic telepsychiatry makes sense, and it saves time and money. Attorneys and judges are increasingly accepting of the concept of forensic telepsychiatry as a convenient and effective way to utilize expert testimony.
Orbit Health can provide teleforensic experts to help sort through the following forensic issues:
- Competency to Stand Trial. In matters involving criminal defendants or other parties who lack mental capacity, a forensic psychiatrist can evaluate whether the party possesses the mental faculties necessary to stand trial on their own behalf.
- Insanity Defense/ Criminal responsibility. Crimes of passion often turn on the mental state of the defendant. A forensic psychiatrist can evaluate whether a defendant possessed the mental capacity to understand the consequences and morality of their actions, or whether they should be subject to a lesser penalty or alternative treatments instead.
- Civil Commitment/ Involuntary treatment. Forensic psychiatrists evaluate whether individuals could pose a danger to themselves or others in order to inform a court’s decision as to the wisdom and morality of involuntary commitment to a psychiatric institution. A remote telepsychiatrist can perform an evaluation of an elderly or disabled individual and offer an opinion as to their mental capacity. Such opinions form the basis of whether an adult or elderly person should be placed under the legal care of another.
- Competency to Make Treatment Decisions. End of life care is complicated at the best of times. When an injured or ill person appears to lack the ability to make competent decisions about their own health, it is important to have a psychiatrist evaluate their mental faculties and their emotional state. This can be accomplished remotely via telepsychiatry, wherever the patient is located.
- Worker’s Compensation and Torts. Injured parties, whether they suffer a physical injury, a psychological injury, or both, require expert evaluation and testimony to prove or disprove their case. A forensic telepsychiatrist can evaluate the extent of their injuries and the emotional trauma connected thereto. Forensic psychiatrists can provide vital insight and opinion as to whether an injured worker possesses the capacity to return to work or should instead qualify for disability benefits.
- Violence Risk Assessment. Judges often rely on forensic psychiatrists to evaluate the propensity of a defendant for violent action when deciding upon bail. With telepsychiatry, your defendant will have access to the most qualified and most neutral evaluation in order to ensure that the principles of justice are not violated.
- Child custody and visitation. Child psychiatrists can play a vital role in determining the healthiest placement for children of divorce. With Orbit Health, the best child psychiatrists can be brought in remotely for an unobtrusive evaluation and opinion.
- Psychic injury. A forensic psychiatrist can remotely evaluate a plaintiff following a traumatic event to establish the extent of their emotional trauma and provide an expert, reasoned opinion as to the severity of their psychic injury, all without the expense of flying a medical professional to your location.
- Mental disability. Disability is available for mental and emotional disorders as well as physical ailments. Telepsychiatrists can remotely evaluate applicants regarding whether they are capable of working or should instead receive disability benefits.
- Malpractice cases often turn on the credibility of each side’s expert: Was the medical professional’s conduct appropriate, or did they violate standards and norms? With telepsychiatry, the strength of your expert opinion will not depend solely on which licensed psychiatrists simply happen to be in your region.
- Juvenile justice. Experts are often employed in cases involving juveniles to establish the mindset and maturity of juvenile defendants and opine on whether they should be tried as adults
- Other issues: Probate/ Testamentary Capacity/ Undue Influence; Defense Base Act (workman’s comp for military contractors); Sentence Mitigation; Personal Injury; PTSD; TBI (traumatic brain injury); IME (Independent Medical Examinations); Fitness for Duty; Sexual Assault; Sexual Harassment; Immigration (Asylum, Trafficking T-Visa, VAWA); Intoxication/ DUI/ DFSA (Date Rape); Suicide