Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
A not-for-profit organisation representing injured people

Dealing with psychosomatic and functional symptoms in personal injury litigation

Dealing with psychosomatic and functional symptoms in personal injury litigation
All levels - 1 hour

(Please note that the number of CPD hours may be subject to change)

"One of the most helpful practical training sessions I have ever attended. Thank you."

This webinar will explore some of the complexities that arise in cases involving psychosomatic or functional disorders.  Such cases give rise to a number of legal, medical, evidential and practical challenges that lawyers need to find a way through. 

This talk will consider:  

  • What are these conditions?  Is it “all in their minds” or is there something else going on?  We consider the key characteristics of functional disorders, and look at the medical terminology and the main diagnoses you may encounter in such cases
  • The medical and legal considerations that arise in linking such disorders to an accident or injury.  How can sometimes minor injuries lead to life-changing conditions?  Are there predisposing, precipitating or perpetuating factors?  How do the courts deal with symptoms and losses that are out of proportion to the original injury?  Which experts should you use?
  • What treatment is available for these disorders, and how should you approach rehabilitation?
  • The issues with prognosis - how do you deal with a range of possible outcomes? 
  • The issues of exaggeration and dishonesty that frequently arise in these cases and consider if these can be distinguished from variability and inaccurate reporting of symptoms


1 person - member/accredited firm: £65 + VAT
1 person - non-member: £65 + VAT
Small office (2 - 6 people): £105 + VAT
Large office (7 people or more): £160 + VAT
Whole organisation (All staff at all offices): £320 + VAT


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14 Dec 2021

On-demand recording
From 14 Dec 2021 to 14 Jun 2022