Yearly Archives: 2014


Violence Risk Assessment: An Experiment in Improvement (VIDEO in link) 1

For many years, forensic psychiatrists and psychologists have been tasked with assessing individuals’ risk of violence. There are three fundamental approaches to violence risk assessment: using unaided clinical judgment, using statistical models, and using structured professional judgment. Unaided clinical judgment, the oldest approach, is basically when an evaluator forms an opinion on the individual’s risk of […]


Texas Supreme Court upholds ten year limit for medical malpractice lawsuits

The Texas Supreme Court recently held in an 8-1 decision (Tenet Hospitals Ltd. v. Rivera) that medical malpractice lawsuits cannot be filed more than ten years after an injury. This ruling upholds the Texas legislature’s 2003 tort-reform changes to the Medical Liability and Insurance Improvement Act (MLIAA), which were re-codified in the Civil Practice and […]