Catastrophic personal injury and emotional trauma are closely intertwined. Emotional trauma can occur during the injury or as the result of the injury and the effect that it has on a person’s life.
Emotional trauma often arises in adults and children as a result of an event such as rape, natural disasters, automobile or other accidents, sports or work injuries, and serious illness.
Assisting Attorneys in Cases Involving Catastrophic Physical Injury
In cases of catastrophic physical injury, Dr. Manges often assists legal counsel in the following areas:
Vocational impairment evaluation and earnings capacity reduction
- Assessing the impact of trauma on the person’s emotional well-being
- Assessing the impact of the physical injury and trauma on interpersonal relationships
- For matters such as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), assessing the effects and likely duration of the injury, and evaluating the truthfulness of the injured victim’s expressed symptoms.
The foregoing is only a partial list of some of the more frequent ways that Dr. Manges assists legal counsel.
How Dr. Manges Helps Legal Counsel in Cases Concerning Emotional Trauma and Physical Injury
When catastrophic injury, emotional trauma, and the degree of impact are the subject of legal proceedings, Dr. Manges helps attorneys understand the impact of trauma on the victim so that they can develop their case accordingly. He provides consultation by evaluating the circumstances of the injury, reviewing medical reports, victim testimony, and all other medical and other information concerning the event. When serving the plaintiff’s counsel, he can also interview the victim to better assess the degree of harm and impact.
Dr. Manges also assists counsel by testifying at trial concerning the matters noted above. Often, in addition to evaluating psychological harm, Dr. Manges often provides vocational ability and earnings loss assessments. Because he is also an expert in vocational training and lost wage computation, he is available to opine as to these matters; thereby eliminating the need of legal counsel to employ an additional expert.