Workers Compensation Claims
Our psychiatrists have the experience of conducting Workcover assessments, and (when there is no conflict of interest) provide treatment to employees psychologically injured in the workplace. Dr Wasim Shaikh has conducted over 4000 assessments for Workers Compensation claims across various legislations, including Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville, Gold Coast, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Darwin, and Perth. He is an approved examiner with Workcover QLD, Worksafe VIC, and in the NSW legislation whilst also being a Comcare approved examiner.
Dr Shaikh is well versed with the Psychiatric Impairment Rating Scale (PIRS), the Guidelines to Evaluation of Psychiatric Impairment (GEPI), and the AMA Guides
Dr Shaikh’s average turnaround period for reports is 5 days from the IME.
Common Law Claims
At Hamilton Dental and Specialist Suites, we deal with psychiatric assessments for common law claims day in and day out. Dr Shaikh has the unique distinction of conducting psychiatric IME’s in common law claims with referrals from defendants and plaintiff firms. He has conducted joint assessments requested by plaintiff and defendant law firms together. He is the preferred choice for several legal firms, as a result of his unbiased and streamlined reports.
Dr Shaikh utilises his training from the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners, and his experience in acting as expert witness in several trials. He has a special interest in secondary psychiatric/ psychological injuries, and has delivered seminar presentations on this topic across most states in Australia.
Fitness for Duty and Rehabilitation
Several private and government organisations have utilised the skills and experience of our psychiatrists to deliver reports in relation to employee fitness for duty and rehabilitation suitability. The difference here is the active communication and liaison with treating providers and rehabilitation officers, to deliver the most effective outcome for the employee and employer.
These reports are often a matter of priority, and we are able to deliver an immediate post-assessment brief opinion, followed by the usual extended report in approximately 1 week from assessment.
Our experience with insurance claims includes that for Motor Vehicle Accidents, Income Protection Insurance, Total and Permanent Disability Claims, and more. Our reports are succinct, and clear to understand, delivering to you answers to information you seek, whilst maintaining independence.
Dr Shaikh has delivered several presentations at conferences on these topics, including to insurance, rehabilitation, and legal professionals.