Our mission is to bring the highest quality of child, adolescent and adult psychiatric expertise to difficult civil litigation issues concerning children.
The Children’s Psychological Trauma Center was founded in San Francisco, California in 1992. It is directed by Gilbert Kliman, MD, a Harvard Medical School Graduate, Board Certiﬁed psychiatrist for adults, children and adolescents, Life Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Fellow of the American College of Psychoanalysis and Psychiatry, and Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Our associates include distinguished forensically experienced psychiatrists and psychologists who are strong in court, comfortable and jury-friendly.
Our Center’s professional and experienced experts work as an interdisciplinary team focused on child, adolescent and family civil litigation issues, providing evaluation, assessment, expert testimony, detailed reports and life care plans. We have helped attorneys set precedents and achieve some of the nation’s largest jury verdicts and record-making settlements for their clients. Experience includes over 275 cases, with over 95% of outcomes considered successful by the retaining plaintiff or defense attorneys. Since multi-plaintiff and class action suits are accepted, the number of plaintiffs and defendants involved exceeds 500.
Our experience includes evaluation and testimony in cases involving psychological trauma, institutional neglect of children leading to psychological trauma, institutional abuse of children, negligent foster care, loss of parental services due to wrongful deaths, psychological trauma as part of vehicular accidents, personal injury of adults and children, child abuse and childhood sexual molestation, sexual harassment, termination of parental rights, and disputed custody.
Settlements and jury awards now exceed $2,000,000,000 for children on whose behalf we have provided evaluations or testified at deposition or trial.
We have also helped many defendants obtain defense verdicts or reasonable settlements in civil actions involving allegations of psychological trauma.
Forensic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry with High Professional Standards and Objectivity is what The Children’s Psychological Trauma Center stands for.