Each part of the brain serves a specific function and links with other parts of the brain to form more complex functions. Because of this, all parts of our brain need to be working well for us to function—even mild brain injuries can significantly interfere with our abilities. Here’s why:
Our brain’s neurons actually form tracts that route information and signals throughout the brain. Our brain uses these messages to perform coordinating functions like breathing, maintaining a steady heart rate and monitoring body temperature and metabolism. Also thought processing, body movements, personality and the behavior of our senses are tied to a well-functioning brain.
If a loved one experiences a brain injury that might require a personal injury lawsuit, you’ll want an evaluation by a neuropsychologist. Besides reviewing case history and hospital records, an independent evaluation of this nature is valuable to shed more light on the significance of the damage and understand the type of treatment and care needed short-and long-term. Because they are trained psychologists who specialize in brain-behavior relationships, in light of a brain injury, their more cognitive assessment will compare “person” before the injury (i.e., school performance, habits, and lifestyle) with person after—a key for personal injury lawsuits.
While a neurologist will evaluate a victim immediately after the brain injury, the neuropsychologist will determine actual functioning and lifestyle limitations caused by the brain injury. The neuropsychologist will conduct their own series of psychological tests that objectively measure victim’s brain functions including evaluating attention span, orientation, memory, concentration, language (receptive and expressive), new learning, mathematical reasoning, spatial perception, abstract and organizational thinking, problem solving, social judgment, motor abilities, sensory awareness and emotional characteristics and general psychological adjustment.
Possibly the most important outcome of additional brain injury testing is the interpretation of the results, which will strengthen not only a victim’s personal injury lawsuit but allow family and friends to truly understand and, therefore, be sensitive to compromised functioning of their loved one. Contact us today for more steps you should take.