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DSM-5 and Personal Injury Litigation 

DSM-5 and Personal Injury Litigation
DSM-5 and Personal Injury Litigation

Charles Scott

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date: 16 April 2021

Civil litigation is a major aspect of the legal system in the United States, marked by a vast number and variety of cases. This chapter focuses on two common types of civil litigation: medical malpractice and personal injury. Both of these categories often usually involve claims of emotional distress or psychiatric injury. This chapter reviews DSM-5 diagnostic changes that are likely to impact the evaluation of mental harms in a civil forensic context. In particular, this chapter highlights the DSM-5 discussions on suicide risk and changes to medication-induced disorders. Major revisions to the Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders, Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders, and Neurocognitive Disorders that will likely impact personal injury claims are also emphasized. the impact of DSM-5 substance use disorder criteria on civil litigation involving “addiction” is highlighted.

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