The cognitive effects of brain injury are variable. Damage may range from cognitive decline to changes in personality. What may first appear to be a less severe brain injury may result in disabling effects. On the other hand, a significant brain trauma may be followed by a dramatic and meaningful recovery. The Forensic Panel’s expert neuropsychologists apply relevant testing and analysis to delineate effects of brain injury and its functional and cognitive significance.
Damage is not a given cause and effect, even from a dramatic account. When sufficient clinical information is possible, the neuropsychologist can determine how the deficits found on testing relate to the nature of the brain injury described. The Forensic Panel’s evaluation also answers questions of how a brain injury will affect various aspects of an individual’s quality of life, including the prognosis for recovery. Malingering must be ruled out in any brain injury evaluation.
Peer Reviewed Brain Injury Assessment
It takes clinical sensitivity and an appreciation of the subtleties of the brain and how they impact a person’s day to day functioning to assess brain injury questions most effectively. The Forensic Panel’s peer-review prevents potential bias that may arise in brain injury cases, and ensures that investigative diligence accompanies testing. More importantly, the oversight of at least two highly experienced colleagues ensures a sensitive consideration of the significance of the brain injury test findings. As a result, The Forensic Panel’s evaluations bring objectivity and scientific certainty to these important claims, and translate findings of injury and of health into human and practical terms.