Courting the ClinicianDate: Jun 20, 2018

PRESENTING NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL EVIDENCE IN TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY LITIGATION Robert L. Heilbronner and Theodore Karavidas. Article originally published in the Clinical Neuropsychologist, 1997, Vol. 11, No. 4, pp. 445-453, Swets & Zeitlinger, The Netherlands. ABSTRACT The purpose of this paper is to educate the reader about some of the issues involved in presenting neuropsychological evidence in cases where a traumatic brain injury is either obvious or suspected. Particular emphasis will be directed toward the admissibility of neuropsychological evidence and clarifying the roles of neuropsychologists as treaters and experts. Some strategies will also be presented to assist neuropsychologists in preparing to give opinion testimony. As professional and lay communities gain greater awareness of the existence and sequelae of traumatic brain injuries (TBI), neuropsychologists are becoming more frequently involved in litigation claims brought by people with TBI. As a result, there is a growing recognition of the role and value of experts in…

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Considerations in Presenting Expert TestimonyDate: Jun 20, 2018

THE ROLES OF LAWYERS AND REHABILITATION PROFESSIONALS IN LITIGATED CLAIMS Theodore G. Karavidas, Esq., Karavidas Law Offices, Chicago, IL. Articles originally published in Re-Learning Times, Vol. 6, No. 1, May 1999, Learning Services Corporation, Durham N.C. In my practice as a personal injury trial lawyer who represents those who have suffered TBI and other serious injuries, I have met with hundreds of health care professionals from a myriad of specialties. Because the job of the personal injury lawyer is to convey to insurance adjusters, opposing counsel, judges and juries the overall effects of our clients' injuries on their lives and on the lives of their lived ones, we have to gather all information about those injuries, and then present that data in an organized, interesting manner which can be easily understood by laypersons not trained in medicine or rehabilitation. We must assimilate the entire medical record of each client, read…

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