What is a Forensic Neuropsychological Evaluation?
A forensic neuropsychological assessment includes the following procedures:
1. Review of Records: Condensing, organizing, and transforming complex medical terminology into a concise, readable, and useful summary of events that have led to your client’s current state of disability. This will also include a critical review of reports by psychiatrists and other neuropsychologists.
2. Client Observation: Complete mental status evaluation and behavioral observation during all phases of interviewing and testing.
3. Interviews: Complete history from client and significant others to develop an accurate timeline of events occurring before, during, and after the personal injury, up until the date of testing, and past and current medications and medical treatment.
4. Neuropsychological Testing: Includes the most up-to-date, state-of-the-art, research-driven procedures and testing instruments available. These evaluations determine (a) the areas of brain damage and dysfunction and the probable causes, (b) the severity of damage and extent of the resulting functional consequences, and (c) the prognoses for
improvement and probability of long-term disability. Testing also determines malingering, or the presence of reduced effort for financial gain.
5. Report Preparation: A clearly organized, readable, objective, and comprehensive analysis that determines your client’s current psychological and neuropsychological functioning.
6. Consultation with Attorney: Discussion of the neuropsychological merits of your case, including specific aspects of the assessment that would most likely be challenged by opposing counsel, and counterarguments for these challenges.