Dr Paul Mallett works across three areas
Consultant Adult Psychiatrist and consultant in serious incidents.
Specialising in depression, anxiety, occupational mental wellbeing, psychosis and schizophrenia.
Personal psychiatric injury as a result of accidents, work related causes or medical negligence. Causation and loss as a result of psychiatric services negligence.
Information for Solicitors
Dr Mallett has been doing medical legal work for over 20 years. He reports on personal psychiatric injury as a result of accidents, work related causes or medical negligence. He also reports on causation and loss as a result of psychiatric services negligence as well as capacity assessments. Dr Mallett aims to provide a flexible service and is willing to do home visits and travel to claimants. His main clinic locations are London and Norwich. He also does video link examinations.
Information for claimants
You are coming for an interview with a Psychiatrist (a medically qualified Doctor specialising in disorders of the mind) who has expertise in areas related to your claim. The Psychiatrist has also had training as an Expert Witness, to work for Solicitors in preparing medical reports. The aim of the interview is to gather information to help the Expert assess medical (Psychiatric) aspects of your claim, and to write a report. Also, it will allow the expert to answer any questions put by the Solicitors. In the report, the Expert may advise treatment for you. The meeting with the Psychiatrist is not a treatment in itself, and the Expert will not give you a prescription at the end of your appointment.
Usually when you see a Doctor, the information you give is confidential. But when you meet an Expert for a medico-legal report, the information you give will go into the report. The report may be seen by Solicitors, other Experts, and perhaps be used in Court. So, it is not as confidential as when you see your own Doctor or a Specialist for treatment.
Coming for a Psychiatric report need not be frightening! Some planning will help. Check you know where and when the appointment is to be held, and how you will get there. Remember to take with you a list of your medication, identification, your appointment letter, plus any paperwork you have been asked to bring. Aim to arrive a little early. If you can’t come, or if you are running late, telephone as soon as possible. If you have any disabilities (hearing, communication or mobility problems), or if English is not your first language, let the Expert know well before the appointment.
The Expert will introduce himself and should make you feel comfortable. He or she willwant to know briefly about what happened, then about your symptoms (how you have been affected) in detail. Then you will be asked about any treatment you have had, any medical or Psychiatric problems in the past, plus about your family and your background (including your childhood, schooling, relationships and work). You will also be asked about what you do day to day, including hobbies and household jobs, and work. Try to answer honestly. If you are not sure of anything, e.g. dates, say so. There is a lot to cover, and the Expert may interrupt you or move the interview on. At the end, you will be able to ask any questions you have. A Psychiatrist will not usually need to examine you physically for the report. Often it is helpful for the Psychiatrist to speak to your partner or a family member about how your symptoms have affected you.
Usually, your Solicitor will have asked for your permission to show the Expert copies of your medical records and you may be asked about these. Sometimes you will be asked about distressing things. Try your best to answer, but if there is something that is too upsetting to talk about, just say so. If you need a break or a glass of water, don’t be afraid to ask. The interview will last 60 – 90 minutes.
Can I see the Report?
Usually your Solicitor will go through the report with you and may make a copy available to your GP.
Dr Mallett’s Bio
Dr Mallett has been a consultant psychiatrist for over twenty-five years. He has wide-ranging experience in the general adult field with a particular focus on complex mental state presentations, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and psychosis. He has extensive managerial experience including being medical director of NHS Trust and currently undertakes consultancy work within NHS Trusts in relation to serious untoward incidents and learning from adverse incidents.
Dr Mallett has extensive medico-legal experience in the civil injury and employment tribunal field and has been undertaking work in this area for the last twenty years. His current work is mainly defendant-based but he accepts instructions from claimant solicitors and joint instructions. To support his employment tribunal work, he has extensive experience in private sector referrals from occupational health departments in the city of London and in the setting of patients with occupational stress.
He qualified from Guy’s Hospital Medical School in 1985 and has been a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists since 1993 when he was appointed as a consultant specialist. He is approved under Section 12-2 of the Mental Health Act as having special expertise in the assessment and treatment of mental disorders. He is in good standing with the Royal College of Psychiatrists as far as continuing professional development is concerned and is subject to regular peer supervision of his medicolegal work. He is a registered medical practitioner with the General Medical Council.
Contact Dr Mallett
Phone No: 07764 576213
Medical Legal Secretary
198 West 21th Street,
Suite 721 New York NY 10016