2nd Edition

The Forensic Evaluation of Traumatic Brain Injury
A Handbook for Clinicians and Attorneys, Second Edition

ISBN 9780849390753
Published November 8, 2007 by CRC Press
200 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

USD $210.00

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Book Description

Drawing on the expertise of several well-known figures in the medical, neuropsychological, and legal professions, Forensic Evaluation of Traumatic Brain Injury: A Handbook for Clinicians and Attorneys, Second Edition provides a concise, general overview of the forensic assessment process and the issues surrounding Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The book identifies key topics involved in forensic assessment, including definitions and select medical diagnostic terminology, and reviews the neurologic, neuropsychiatric, neuropsychological, and psychological assessment processes specific to brain injury cases.

The second edition is updated and revised to include a new chapter on neuropsychiatric evaluation as performed by a clinical or forensic neuropsychiatrist. It delineates the distinct differences between the forensic neurological and neuropsychiatric assessments, acknowledging the overlaps and defining the separate focus of each discipline. New information on forensic testimony and the forensic examiner as an expert witness covers the qualifications and credibility of the forensic expert and the admissibility of expert testimony in TBI cases. The handbook highlights the most recent court rulings and possible modification to the admissibility of forensic testimony. Also new to this edition is a chapter on neuropsychological rehabilitation issues after TBI. It outlines crucial information on treatments, services, and facilities that may be required temporarily or ongoing and thus have bearing during litigation and on the outcome of a traumatic brain injury case.

Forensic Evaluation of Traumatic Brain Injury: A Handbook for Clinicians and Attorneys, Second Edition offers clinically useful and practical tables and reference pages that are indispensable for forensic examiners, expert witnesses, and legal professionals alike.

Table of Contents

Overview of Traumatic Brain Injury: Issues in the Forensic Assessment, G.J. Murrey

The Forensic Neurological Assessment of Traumatic Brain Injury, D.T. Starzinski

The Forensic Neuropsychiatric Assessment of Traumatic Brain Injury, R. Granacher

The Forensic Neuropsychological Evaluation & Report, H.V. Soper and A. MacNeill Horton, Jr.

Neuropsychological and Psychological Rehabilitation after TBI, F. Constantinidou

Legal Issues in Expert Testimony, D.A. Bronstein

The Forensic Examiner as an Expert Witness: What You Need to Know to be a Credible Witness in an Adversarial Setting , J.A. Davis, G.J. Murrey and D.A. Bronstein

Appendix A: Model Outline for the Assessment of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Appendix B: Select Issues in the Forensic Assessments of Brain Injury with Key References from the Research Literature

Appendix C: Listing of State Courts Using the Federal Rule 702 and/or Daubert Standard

Appendix D: Rancho Los Amigos Scale


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… comprehensive and tightly organized … experienced clinicians can refer to this compact volume as a handy review, while novices will find it a good introduction to the field, whetting their appetite for further study and training.
— Laurence Miller, Ph.D., writing in IJEMH, Vol.12, No. 1, 2010