Conventional Misunderstanding About Traumatic Brain Injury

iStock_000018457614XSmall copyIn my experience with litigating Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Mild Traumatic BrainInjury (MTBI) Cases, I have found that most, though not all, neurologists to be ignorant of MTBI. 

In my experience with neurologists, they do not have the specialty to perform neuropsychological examinations (NPE) and test for cognitive dysfunctions. 

The neurologist most commonly perform gross mental status exams designed to detect diseases such dementia and Alzheimer's.   

Neurologists are more concerned with the peripheral nervous system and less with axonal damage as is the case in Mild Traumatic Brain (MTBI).

Yet the conventional belief is they are the experts in TBI. Again, that is why defense attys use neuros since most jurors believe that the neuro will be the expert to detect and treat TBI when in fact most neuros have no formal training to test or treat MTBI symptoms such as cognitive impairments. This is within the province and expertise of the neuropsych.

The defense attorneys and the insurance companies often seize upon this conventional misunderstanding of MTBI by the average person at trial by calling neurologists who will testify that he found no symptoms of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI).

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