In a presentation to Virginia trial lawyers, neuropsychologist James P. Wade said that the most important factor in a brain trauma case is the victim’s condition immediately after the injury.

Dr. Wade identified four factors that personal injury attorneys should take into consideration when evaluating a brain-related case:

  • Was the victim unconscious and if so,  for how long
  • Did the victim remember the incident or what happened immediately before and afterward
  • Any “hard” evidence such as a skull fracture, bleeding in the brain, or a seizure
  • the victim’s Glasgow coma scale (CGS) on a 0-15 range as measured by an EMT

Dr. Wade added that mild concussions can sometimes be too subtle to show up on CAT scans but can be detected by neuropsychological tests.

A test of this nature has three parts, each of which must be evaluated individually: organic (cognitive abilities), emotional (state of mind), and motivation (ability to comply with the tests).

If you believe that you (or a love one) have sustained a traumatic brain injury in Virginia, it is always important to hire experienced legal counsel. The Virginia brain injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, P.C. have the experience needed, and the requisite contacts with the best doctors in the area, to ensure you and your loved ones have the best representation possible. Call Toll Free 877-544–5323 for a no-obligation consultation.


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