Neuropsychological Assessments and Brain Injuries

January 17, 2012

Brain Injuries

Ohio brain injuriesIf you have experienced a brain injury as a result of a car accident, pedestrian accident, or any other type of accident, most Ohio brain injury lawyers will tell you that you will probably need to have a neuropsychological assessment.  The main objective of the assessment is to shed light on how changes to one’s brain structure and functioning can affect a person’s behavior.  Such assessments are usually recommended when the injured party demonstrates a change in his or her behavior, cognitive ability, or personality. The results of this assessment may be the only proof of your injury.

Typically, neuropsychologists, as part of their assessment, perform full interviews with the injured person, as well as one or more of his or her family members. Neuropsychologists also take a close look at the injured person’s medical records, social history, emergency room documentation and admission/discharge summaries. A series of tests are then given to the brain injury victim. These tests examine a variety of things, including the person’s overall cognitive ability, and they are used to predict the victim’s ability to perform a job and the tasks of everyday living. These tests also help validate the diagnosis of brain injury, as well as the level of severity.

Some of the tests that a neuropsychologist may choose to give a person with a suspected brain injury include tests that indicate personality changes, tests of attention and memory, tests to determine moods, and tests to rule out malingering.

One of the most important components of damages in most Ohio brain injury cases is vocational damages, which include the injured person’s past and future lost wages. To measure future lost wages, you need evidence that shows whether or not you can go back to your former work or perform other types of jobs. Neuropsychologists can conduct vocation assessments to assist with answering those questions.

Vocational assessments, as related to neuropsychological evaluations, provide an understanding of the plaintiff’s strengths and weaknesses with respect to his or her motor skills, retention/concentration, perception, language, memory, and higher cognitive/executive functioning. A vocational assessment will also look into the plaintiff’s overall educational development in reasoning, math and language, cognitive capacity, verbal and numerical skills, spatial/form/color perception, clerical ability and an assortment of manual/motor skills.

Once the plaintiff’s vocational profile is established, the number of jobs currently available to the plaintiff and the type of income that those jobs will generate can be determined.

If you need an Ohio brain injury lawyer to represent you, please contact the Law Offices of Slater & Zurz for a FREE consultation by calling 1-800-297-9191 or send a Blog Message to schedule a time to talk.

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