Brain Injuries, Catastrophic Personal Injury
There are a variety of reasons to consult with a neuropsychologist. Evaluations provide information about cognitive abilities that are compared to your age and education level. MRI, CAT, PET and SPECT tests do not always show abnormalities of the brain when brain damage is present.
Many head injury clients are referred to our offices after reporting abnormal cognition. In all mild traumatic brain injuries, the CT or MRI imaging of the brain shows a normal result. This is one of the limitations of imaging studies. They lack the resolution necessary to detect cellular or axonal shearing or stretching injury to the brain.
Often in these cases, a neuropsychologist is called upon to assess the patient’s brain injury, symptoms, and function. This can be done clinically, forensically, or both. When testing is performed for clinical purposes the primary aim is to diagnose the injury, and provide treatment options. In forensic testing, the primary aim is to provide evidence in a legal proceeding. There is a great deal of overlap in these areas, so it is not uncommon that a clinical assessment will lead to a forensic evaluation as well if there is a legal proceeding or an insurance claim involved.
If you have had a recent or prolonged toxic exposure or a head injury or whiplash with or without loss of consciousness, you might be on the look out for several signs that would indicate dysfunction.
Symptoms of Brain Damage:
- Difficulty navigating staircases, misjudging distances between steps, tripping, falling, etc.
- Bumping into walls when rounding corners.
- Transposing numbers (reversing digits or getting them “mixed up”) or forgetting them altogether.
- Losing directions to areas that you know you should not have trouble finding.
- Finding yourself overwhelmed with tasks that you previously had no trouble completing
- Relatives telling you something is not as it used to be. Often a relative can provide information regarding differences in the behavior or intelligence of a patient following an injury of which the patient is not always aware.
- Mispronouncing words or having difficulty finding them, close but inaccurate words.
- Slurred speech, forgetting what you were saying before you completed your sentence.
- Driving accidents, reaction time loss or inability to comprehend distances. If you have experienced any driving difficulty that would put you or others at risk have someone bring you to our offices immediately or call without delay. This is a real and often dangerous complaint.
- Seizures, black outs, dizzy spells, or feeling like you are “in a cloud.”
- Coordination difficulties, inability to concentrate, inability to focus, slower thought processes.
Techniques of the Neuropsychologist
A proper neuropsychological evaluation should always include a review of your medical history which includes a detailed questionnaire, one or more psychological tests and several neuropsychological tests. This process usually takes several hours to complete. These tests are noninvasive and are not painful, but they can be difficult and exhausting. Proper rest is recommended before proceeding with any evaluation.
Neuropsychological results are quantitative and can provide objective measurements for precise comparisions of:
- Ÿ Memory Function
- Ÿ Abstract Reasoning
- Ÿ Spatial Processing
- Ÿ Reaction Time
- Ÿ Attention and Concentration
- Ÿ Processing Speed and Accuracy
The discovery of subtle and complex changes relating to brain functions can provide diagnostic information that healthcare professionals can utilize for the treatment of the patient. When a brain injury case goes to court, information learned from neuropsychological testing is often admitted into evidence, especially in proving the nature and extent of the injury.
Related ArticlesView All Blog Articles
Can You Get a Concussion Without Hitting Your Head?Sep 21, 2022
Concussions, also known as mild traumatic brain injuries, are far more common than most people realize. Most estimates figure at least 3 million new cases occur in the United States each year, with falls, sports accidents, and car crashes commonly responsible. But because so many people with mild traumatic brain injury delay or skip medical […]
Depression After a Car Accident: Common Causes and SymptomsFeb 14, 2022
A car accident can turn you and your loved one’s lives upside down. Car accidents can lead to financial, physical, mental, and emotional hardships for victims and their families. After you experience a devastating accident, it is important to call an experienced personal injury attorney so you can get the compensation you deserve to help […]
Headache After Car Accident Trauma: Why It Won’t Go Away and What to Do NextJan 24, 2022
Post-traumatic headaches after a car accident usually resolve after a few months. However, a surprising number of crash victims experience chronic headaches for years after their wreck. Unfortunately, insurance companies are skeptical of people who claim ongoing, disabling headaches—and sometimes deny legitimate claims. In this article, the traumatic brain injury (TBI) lawyers at Crosley Law […]
What’s the Difference Between a Concussion and Post-Concussion Syndrome?Jul 26, 2021
Head injuries are common in car crashes, and many victims must deal with changes to their mental well-being. Troubles from head trauma can last a few weeks or stick around long-term, but even a mild head injury can force victims to withdraw from regular day-to-day activities. Hundreds of thousands of people experience a traumatic head […]
10 Strategies That Will Help You Navigate a Brain Injury LawsuitFeb 18, 2021
Personal injury claims can feel overwhelming, even without a traumatic brain injury. However, a TBI adds an unwanted layer of difficulty to your case: memory loss, word-finding issues, and other symptoms can make a lawsuit feel impossible. Don’t give up. Instead, start taking little steps that help you regain control. At Crosley Law, we’ve earned […]
8 Questions For Brain Injury LawyerOct 13, 2020
When someone’s negligence causes your brain injury, you deserve accountability and compensation. Often, the first step towards getting the help you deserve is finding the right brain injury lawyer. Here in San Antonio, the Crosley Law team has earned a reputation for a cutting-edge and client-focused approach to brain injury claims. We know how difficult it […]
Living With a TBI: A Guide for Survivors and Their Loved OnesAug 06, 2020
It may only take a few weeks to recover from a mild concussion. However, most people with moderate or severe TBIs face a lifetime of challenges. We’ve worked with many TBI survivors, and we know that every brain injury is different. At Crosley Law, we never lump every survivor into a single bucket. We take […]
Can an Old Head Injury Cause Problems Years Later?Jul 14, 2020
If you’ve ever suffered a concussion or traumatic brain injury, you know it can take time for the headaches, memory issues, and dizziness to go away. Sometimes, concussion victims suffer permanent damage that makes it difficult to work and do the things they love. However, insurance companies will often try to minimize your TBI symptoms […]
3 Things You Need to Know About Scooter Injuries and Young PeopleMay 05, 2020
Electric scooter rental companies like Bird, Lime, and Lyft make it easier for young people to get from place to place in urban areas at a fraction of the cost of a taxi or rideshare. Scooters can go up to 20 miles per hour to get people where they need be quickly. They also alleviate […]
Children and Seniors Are Most Vulnerable in Pedestrian CrashesApr 23, 2020
Every 88 minutes, someone dies from a pedestrian-car crash. In 2018, there were 8,110 bicyclist and pedestrian crashes in Texas. Unfortunately, pedestrian-car crashes are more common in urban areas like San Antonio. While all pedestrians are vulnerable, children and older individuals face a much higher risk of death or injury. In this article, the experienced […]
Do you or a family member
need legal advice?
Crosley Law Firm, PC is a professional corporation of trial lawyers focused on representing individuals and families who have suffered serious personal injuries or wrongful death. If you’ve been injured, fill out the form for a free consultation, or call 210-LAW-3000.