What is Forensic Psychiatry?
Forensic psychiatry is a medical subspecialty that includes research and clinical practice in the many areas in which psychiatry is applied to legal issues. While some forensic psychiatrists may specialize exclusively in legal issues, almost all psychiatrists may, at some point, have to work within one of the many areas in which the mental health and legal system overlap. AAPL welcomes both the forensic specialist and the general psychiatrist who seeks information and professional support in those domains in which psychiatry an the law share a common boundary.
Dr. Lado is a Fellow of the American Board of Forensic Examiners and Board of Forensic Medicine (ABFE), the world's largest forensic science association. Dr. Lado is conduct forensic research and examinations as a physician in the field of psychiatry and have provided testimony as a professional.
Please be aware, if you are court ordered or attorney referred for treatment or evaluation, that your medical records may not be protected by HIPAA laws and may be public records and you waive your privacy rights. All forensic case clients must fill out the consent form so we can discuss your case with your attorney. COURT ORDERED evaluations and disability evaluations are NOT COVERED by insurance companies and you will need to pay at time of service. A retainer will be required with all ATTORNEY related cases.
Areas of Expertise
- FITNES FOR DUTY
- CUSTODY EVALUATION
- JURY SELECTION EVALUATION
- CLOSE HEAD INJURY/TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
- POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD)
- ISSUES OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE/ADDICTION
- EVALUATION ANGER AND HOSTILITY
- EVALUATION POST MOTOR VEHICLE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH INJURIES
- EVALUATE FOR NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL SEQUELAE FROM HEAD INJURIES
- MALPRACTICE FOR PSYCHIATRIC TREATMENT
- WRONGFUL DEATH FROM PSCHIATIATRIC TREATMENT
- WRONGFUL DEATH FROM SUICIDE
- PERMANENT DAMAGES FROM PSYCHOTROPIC DRUG REACTION
- INCORRECT DIAGNOSIS LEADING TO LOSS OF JOB
- DISCRIMINATION FROM EMPLOYMENT DUE TO MENTAL ILLNESS
- IMPROPER DIAGNOSIS LEADING AND TREATMENT LEADING TO ARREST FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE
- NURSING HOME IMPROPER TREATMETN OF BEHAVIOR OF DEMENTIA AND ALZHEMIERS DIEASE
- DANGEROUSNESS RISK ASSESSMENT AND PERSONAL INJURY INCLUDING ASSESSMENT OF EMOTIONAL TRAUMA
- ISSUES INVOLVING INPATIENT PSYCHIATRIC CARE, INPATIENT PSYCHIATRIC POLICIES & PROCEDURES
Forensic Psychiatric Evaluation
The Psychiatric Evaluation
A forensic psychiatric evaluation employs in-depth interview techniques of clinical psychiatry, but also relies upon collateral sources of information, addresses more prominently the possibility of malingered (feigned) psychiatric illness, and attempts to answer specific medical-legal (psychiatric) questions. The evaluation is not treatment: indeed, the need for objectivity demands that it be performed outside of a treatment relationship.
Our Ethical Code
In the United States, the practice of forensic psychiatry is governed by a strict code of ethics, derived from thePrinciples of Medical Ethics as codified by the American Medical Association and as applied to psychiatric practice by the American Psychiatric Association and further modified by the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (“AAPL”), the most prominent professional organization for Forensic Psychiatry. AAPL is a subsidiary organization of the American Psychiatric Association. The APA has its own unique Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct