350 S. Northwest Highway
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Cases in North America
Greater Chicago Area
Connecting the Dots
Forming Expert Opinions
Communicating Med-Legal Findings
MONICA ARGUMEDO, M.D.
- Board-Certified in Forensic and General Psychiatry, ABPN
- Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Rush University Medical Center (Chicago)
“Understanding Seasonal Affective Disorder and Treatment.”
Many people have difficulty dealing with the darker, shorter days of fall. For people with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), these struggles are severe enough to cause significant problems in their
Presented at Rush Oak Park Hospital, just outside Chicago. Attendees included public, patients being treated at the hospital and colleagues.
Dr. Argumedo is an avid educator to attorneys, medical students and residents, patients and their families, and the public.
Dr. Argumedo communicates in a refreshingly straightforward, easy-to-understand style, by report, testimony or med-legal consultation.
IME and Testimony
Forming a rapport quickly is
one of Dr. Argumedo’s strengths, especially useful to optimize an IME and connect with a jury.
Complex Factors Contributing to Emotional Distress
Dr. Argumedo is experienced with complex facts in litigation and patient care. Psychiatric factors, behavior, and outcome can be complicated At Rush Oak Park Hospital, a branch of Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Argumedo determines if patients who are admitted have preexisting mental illness, physical conditions with an impact on mental health and complicating factors associated with medication or lack of treatment for a chronic psychiatric disorder, like depression, anxiety or Bipolar Disorder. In addition to forensic evaluations, Dr. Argumedo has conducted thousands of bedside psychiatric evaluations and diagnosis in the urgent care setting of a hospital. Ad hoc treatment conferrals with patients and their families are routine. She works with her colleagues to establish protocols for psychiatric assessment in a hospital, to provide consistency and a high standard of care.
Dr. Argumedo’s assessment of competency in clinical and forensic settings is grounded in a decade of experience. She evaluates competency to self-advocate for health care, as well as capacity to enter into a contract, such as a Trust, Will, or other legal agreement. As a private forensic evaluator, Dr. Argumedo is especially experienced in observing the potential for undue influence, a serious concern she finds when individuals are vulnerable by nature of their hospitalization and complicating health factors. After death, a litigated probate matter will require a physician of Dr. Argumedo’s background to rebuild the psychiatric picture of an incapacitated or impaired person. In the criminal justice setting, mental capacity is evaluated by Dr. Argumedo.
Fitness for Duty
Dr. Argumedo has conducted dozens of Fitness for Duty assessments where the ability of a worker to perform the essential functions of a job is in question. Her considerable experience in assessing psychiatric impairment, psychiatric disability, malingering and diagnosis informs her assessment of employees.