Ergological expertise – Jean-Pierre Lauwereys


Who is this book for?

Ergological expertise is aimed at magistrates in labour courts (Prud’homme), police courts, correctional courts (of first instance); lawyers and jurists; insurers; doctors; psychologists, occupational therapists involved in the expertise of victims of accidents, illnesses, or for other reasons.

Who requests this type of expertise?

Requested by courts, insurance companies or by a private individual, often advised by a lawyer. This type of expertise is generally complementary to a medical expertise. The ergologist is appointed or asked to assess the socio-economic loss of a person suffering from a disease (occupational or not), or who is suffering from the after-effects of an accident at work or in private life.


Ergological expertise is introduced by a summary of the history of the evolution of man in his relationship to work, followed by a description of ergology, but also of ergonomics and occupational therapy and the methodology of ergological examination, while addressing the problem of simulation.
This is followed by a description of ergonomics, but also of ergonomics and occupational therapy and the methodology of the ergological examination, while tackling the issue of simulation. This is followed, with examples, by approaches to the after-effects of accidents, such as head injuries, injuries to the spine, limbs and hands, the after-effects of occupational diseases, the treatment of pain, and the various addictions, including alcohol addiction.

What are the fields and tools of investigation?

  • intellectual dispositions, the Flynn effect;
  • psychomotor skills;
  • a sensory factor: vision and personality.
After the study of the labour market, a final chapter is devoted to specific ergological examinations, such as: the skills’ assessment; the psychological examination; and the assessment of driving ability.
This book will be of particular interest to magistrates, lawyers, insurers, doctors, and psychologists involved in the expertise of victims of accidents or illnesses.