Workers’ Compensation Offering a Full-Range of Compensation Services

Workers’ Compensation: AME and QME Evaluations

The Barrington Psychiatric Center (BPC) provides a comprehensive, full-range of workers’ compensation services to insurance companies, law firms and self-insured employers.

The BPC clinical staff has completed an extensive training program that emphasizes a thorough understanding of the AOE/COE issues involved in the California Workers’ Compensation system.

With extensive experience and expertise in providing qualified medical examinations (QME), agreed medical examinations (AME), and independent medical evaluations (IME) and treatment evaluations, BPC provides clear, relatable and timely reports.

During the evaluation process, clinicians document opinions and ratings with evidence that is based on behavioral and objective sources. Following that, the clinician specifies what information the attorneys could develop that would potentially impact the findings. Reporting on the case in this objective way has been found to be extremely helpful to all parties.

In fact, BPC is often told by attorneys that this approach has been effective in reducing the number of depositions required and the feeling that all parties are fairly treated.

Neuropsychological Evaluation
Barrington Psychiatric Center (BPC) offers neuropsychological assessments which are an important tool in the medical/legal field because this objective evaluation can uncover key quantitative and qualitative data to support or refute the presence of a brain injury.

Plaintiff and defense attorneys, judges and juries are often faced with questions concerning whether and to what extent and individual has suffered a brain injury warranting monetary compensation, rehabilitation or other benefits.

We can provide important information regarding the effects of the injury on a person’s life and family, their everyday functioning and their ability to return to work and function effectively in the future.

Trauma Treatment
The Barrington Psychiatric Center (BPC) offers time-limited psychotherapy for industrial traumatic disorders. The BPC focus is always on restoring patients to their baseline level of functioning as quickly as possible.

Using time-tested research and trauma theory principles, BPC developed its own comprehensive treatment model. The model operates on a basic assumption: Treating workers who are in an acute state of dysfunction with psychotherapy that is timely, focused and based on trauma theory will result in a positive response.

The keys to such treatment require that the treatment focus be established following an initial treatment evaluation. During this evaluation, a patient’s current emotional state and pre-existing social and psychological functioning is assessed to determine whether the patient is in need of psychological treatment and whether or not the patient is temporarily disabled from work. Finally, information from the patient’s past functioning is obtained in order that the treatment focuses only on issues stemming from the current psychiatric injury and not on resolving pre-existing depressive anxiety or personality disorders.

Treatment of traumatized workers ranges from several weeks to six months, with an average duration of three to four months.

Many of the industrial cases handled by BPC involve post-traumatic stress disorders, such as experiencing or witnessing a life threatening event, which might include a robbery, explosion, injury or accident. These disorders require treatment that focuses on resolving the patient’s initially overwhelming feelings of shame, fear and rage, stemming from the experience of the traumatic event.

Time-limited treatment can achieve positive results if it stays focused on the treatment goal of resolving the work-related psychiatric injury.

Patients often present at treatment with other pre-existing diagnoses or personality features. If the treating therapist loses treatment focus, then the treatment becomes complicated and results in a long and unproductive psychotherapy process. BPC clinicians are trained to remain focused clearly on the current treatment in order to quickly alleviate patient symptoms and a return to work.

As part of a treatment standard, the BPC therapists make it a priority to maintain regular telephone and written contact with their referral sources so they can be assured that treatment is proceeding according to an agreed upon plan.