Sanjay Adhia, MD

 

Expert Witness

Medico-Legal Consultant
Triple Board-Certified*

Forensic Psychiatry

Psychiatry

Brain Injury Medicine

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

 

 

*Fewer than a dozen Forensic Psychiatrists in the U.S. hold Board Certification in all 3 disciplines: Brain Injury Medicine (BIM,) Forensic Psychiatry and Psychiatry.

Dr. Adhia’s Role:

Advisor to Attorneys

Expert testimony to Jurors and Judges

Psychiatric Issues in Civil Litigation or Criminal Prosecution

Dr. Adhia’s Services:

Skilled Forensic Assessment and Testimony

Independent Medical Examination

In Depth Review of Records

Report of Findings and Opinions

Expert Assessment & Opinion

Medical Psychiatric Examination of a Person and documents / records

Consulting to attorneys to evaluate a case’s psychiatric features

Cross-examination questions to get to the heart of medico-legal opinion.

“[Opposing counsel] couldn’t touch him, but they will probably need him in the future.” Jim Reynolds, Esq.

 

Sanjay Adhia, MD

Expert Witness
Medico-Legal Consultant

Triple Board-Certified*

Forensic Psychiatry

Brain Injury Medicine

Psychiatry

*Dr. Adhia is among fewer than a dozen Forensic Psychiatrists who also hold Board-Certification in Brain Injury Medicine.

Dr. Adhia’s Role:

Advisor to Attorneys

Expert testimony to Jurors and Judges:

Psychiatric Issues in Civil Litigation or Criminal Prosecution

Dr. Adhia’s Services:

Skilled Forensic Assessment and Testimony

Independent Medical Examination

In Depth Review of Records

Report of Findings and Opinions

“[Opposing counsel] couldn’t touch him, but they will probably need him in the future.” Jim Reynolds, Esq.

ATTORNEY RESOURCE

DR. ADHIA’S PRACTICE AND ANSWERS FOR LAWYERS

Practice Focus – Expertise

Head and Brain Injury - TBI

A brain injury after a blow to the head, accidental (e.g. MVA) or intentional (e.g., assault) can cause TBI or concussion and impair

Judgment
Memory (amnesia)
Behavior
Mood
Learning and retrieving skills

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Medical Malpractice and Standard of Care

Medical Malpractice allegations include negligence, omission, failure to follow treatment protocol or ethical standards.

Standard of Care malpractice also apply to hospitals, nursing homes, rehab, surgical centers and correctional

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Addiction

Addiction to drugs or alcohol impact behavior which can lead to a lawsuit or criminal charges. Dr. Adhia’s experience in psychopharmacology is a powerful resource in forensic assessment where addictions might exist. Dr. Adhia has treated addiction to illegal and legal substances discussed further.

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Drugs - Medication -Alcohol

Psychopharmacology is the scientific study of the effects drugs and alcohol have on mood, sensation, thinking, and behavior.

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Trauma | Psychiatric Responses

Psychiatric response to stress/ trauma include PTSD, other trauma-related disorders, Adjustment Disorders and worsening of a pre-existing psychiatric disorder. In many cases, depression and anxiety can develop with PTSD.

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Anxiety Disorders

Excessive worrying and fear are markers of an Anxiety Disorder. Examples of Anxiety Disorders are Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder or Phobias. Major Depressive Disorder or PTSD may co-occur with Anxiety Disorders

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Diagnosis - Prognosis & Recovery

Accurate Diagnosis and Prognosis are fundamental.
There is no substitute for Daubert -threshold hard science and medical knowledge.
Expert Witnesses don’t always agree on diagnosis.
Dr. Adhia is a Forensic Psychiatrist, qualified to render a defensible diagnosis in Court.

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Suicide | Attempted Causation

An expert in Suicidology can provide a better understanding of the risk factors for suicide, including health, environment, history and existing Mood Disorderse like Depression or Bipolar Disorder. Suicidal Ideation (visualizing) is a risk factor that involves plan and intent. Causation is for triers of fact to determine.

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Dementia | Neurocognitive

Dementia is a brain disease, unlike a Brain Injury. Alzheimer’s Disease is a Dementia. Dementia can be associated with degenerative diseases, stroke, even a brain injury such as we see in athletes. Brain diseases can impact memory, behavior and brain function. Neurocognitive diseases can impact competency to perform a variety of tasks, even enter into contracts.

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Mood Disorders - Depression and Bipolar Disorders

Mood Disorders may appear after impactful events and include Bipolar Disorder (manic-depressive) and Depression. Existing Mood Disorders can be made worse.  Severe mood disorders can be accompanied by psychotic symptoms.

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Personality Disorders

Personality Disorders can drive behavior preceding a lawsuit and respond to mitigating treatment. There are at least 10 distinct Personality Disorders and most impact behavior.

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IDD | Autism

IDD stands for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. IDD was formerly termed Mental Retardation, It involves a low IQ. Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder is marked by inability to communicate and interact. The Spectrum reflects a range of symptoms and abilities applying to someone on the Austism Spectrum.

Administrative Law

Military

Civil Litigation

Criminal

Correctional

Services

Independent Medical Examinations

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Review medical and legal records

Written Reports

Expert findings and medico-legal opinion

Testimony

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The Future:

  • Prognosis
  • Treatment Planning
  • Restoration

Is it Possible To Be Made Whole?

Legal Consultant

  • Case assessment, psychiatric factors.
  • Decode opinions by other experts.
  • Mitigation.
  • Assist attorneys to get the most out of a deposition.

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“Dr. Adhia was an excellent witness for our defense.  A qualified expert, he traveled to Georgia from Texas on short notice and provided critical testimony.  The prosecution couldn’t touch him, but they will probably need him in the future.”

Arturo Corsa, Esq.

The Corsa Law Center

“…Even the prosecutor indicated that he was impressed with the report.  It was so thorough in fact that we reached an agreement that prevented the need for a trial.”

Dr. Adhia did a thorough evaluation of my client and considered medical reports and records. My client suffered from a complicating factor Dr. Adhia explained for the layperson and incorporated into his opinions…[his report] was so thorough in fact that we reached an agreement that prevented the need for a trial

I would highly recommend Dr. Adhia.

Jim James, Esq.

James & Reynolds, Attorneys at Law

“Dr. Adhia was an excellent witness for our defense.  A qualified expert, he traveled to Georgia from Texas on short notice and provided critical testimony.  The prosecution couldn’t touch him, but they will probably need him in the future.”

Arturo Corsa, Esq.

The Corsa Law Center

“…Even the prosecutor indicated that he was impressed with the report.  It was so thorough in fact that we reached an agreement that prevented the need for a trial.”

Dr. Adhia did a thorough evaluation of my client and considered medical reports and records. My client suffered from a complicating factor Dr. Adhia explained for the layperson and incorporated into his opinions…[his report] was so thorough in fact that we reached an agreement that prevented the need for a trial

I would highly recommend Dr. Adhia.

Jim James, Esq.

James & Reynolds, Attorneys at Law

OUTSIDE THE COURTROOM

Faculty Appointments / Teaching Experience

  • University of Texas Health and Science Center, Department of Psychiatry, Adjunct Professor
  • University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Texas Health and Science Center, Department of Psychiatry, lecturer in Forensic Psychiatry topics. Supervisor and mentor to residents in Forensic Psychiatry.

Government Service

Governor’s Advisory Committee to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice on Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments.

Educator

Dr. Adhia teaches and mentors residents about Forensic Psychiatry.

 

University of Texas Health-Science Center Sanjay Adhia MD Forensic Psychiatrist

Physicians for Human Rights Asylum Network

Dr. Adhia volunteers with PHR. He conducts forensic evaluations of victims of traumatic violence, kidnapping, rape, assault and human trafficking.

PHR

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Review of Medical and Legal Records

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Knowledge Base

Dr. Adhia’s Experience & Expertise

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Forensic IME Independent Medical

Examination

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Psychopharmacology:

Impact of Medication and Drugs

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Advisory Committee to The Texas Board Of Criminal Justice On Offenders With Medical Or Mental Impairments

Dr. Adhia is honored by Texas Governor Abbott’s appointment and confirmation by the Texas Senate.

Date Rape Drugs: Expert Comments on Unreliable Tests, Impact on Prosecution

Dr. Adhia was recently interviewed by Nick Rishwain to answer important questions about Date Rape Drugs (aka Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault). Detection, Forensic Lab Work, Problems and Solutions.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Advisory Committee to The Texas Board Of Criminal Justice On Offenders With Medical Or Mental Impairments

Dr. Adhia is honored by Texas Governor Abbott’s appointment and confirmation by the Texas Senate.

Date Rape Drugs: Expert Comments on Unreliable Tests, Impact on Prosecution

Dr. Adhia was recently interviewed by Nick Rishwain to answer important questions about Date Rape Drugs (aka Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault). Detection, Forensic Lab Work, Problems and Solutions.

IF YOU ARE AN ATTORNEY

Dr. Adhia welcomes inquiry from attorneys for plaintiff, defense or other party. Call to discuss your case and psychiatric factors in claims, damages, and liability.