Workers’ compensation provides referrals for workers who have suffered neurological, cognitive, psychiatric and/or other physical ailments as a direct result of workers who have suffered job related injuries, accidents, disease or illnesses. Such injuries may derive from slip and falls, trauma, motor vehicle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and head injury. These workplace injuries may result in psychiatric, cognitive, psychological, or “behavioral” issues that require evaluation and/or treatment.
Neuropsychological problems may include memory dysfunction, attentional problems, executive function impairment, reasoning difficulties, fine motor dysfunction, and visual-spatial dysfunction. Psychological and psychiatric problems include fear, stress, anxiety disorders (PTSD, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), depression, panic disorder, and specific phobias), sleep disorders, adjustment disorders, anger issues, psychosocial problems, relationship issues, caregiver distress, difficulty coping with disability, injury and chronic pain and problems dealing with loss and grief. Somatic/physical problems include chronic pain (neck, headaches, back), sleep dysfunction, sexual performance dysfunction, tinnitus, visual problems, etc.
CMPS has the well-trained and experienced team of neuropsychologists, psychologists, and psychiatrists who can provide specialized workers compensation evaluations and treatment.
This includes a comprehensive evaluation of:
1. Neurological disorders
- mild traumatic brain injury
- postconcussive syndrome
- moderate to severe traumatic brain injury
- work-related stroke
- cognitive dysfunction
2. Somatic dysfunction
- chronic pain
- back pain
- sleep dysfunction
3. Psychiatric dysfunction
- depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder
- pre-existing personality disorder
4. Motivational issues
- exaggeration (conscious or unconscious)
- factitious disorder
- conversion reaction
The specific goal of the workers compensation neuropsychological, psychological, and/or psychiatric evaluations is to pinpoint the etiology of the symptoms, address motivational factors impacting symptom presentation, and address potential etiologies relative to pre-morbid/pre-existing cognitive, emotional, somatic, psychiatric, and/or family dysfunction. Treatment recommendations for symptoms directly related to the work-related injury are specifically targeted with specific time frames in order to achieve specific goals such as return to work. Assessment of MMI and permanent disability ratings are provided as needed. Global, nonspecific treatment recommendations without direct reference to work-related injury etiology and without specific time frames and goals are avoided.