Five Do’s and Don’ts for Civil Assessment

Five Do’s and Don’ts for Civil Assessment

August 25, 2013



1. Do read the referral letter and accompanying documentation before you see the claimant.

2. Do get a consent form signed (see one in Resources).

3. Do a mental status examination

4. Do complete the report as soon as possible.

5. Do come to an opinion.


1. Don’t tolerate rudeness.

2. Don’t readjust your schedule for a court appearance until you are guaranteed payment.

3. Don’t look at surveillance material in the absence of the claimant.

4. Don’t tell the claimant your opinion.

5. Don’t write what you think the referral party wants to hear.


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