In order to properly build or defend a traumatic brain injury (TBI) case, Texas lawyers should consider it necessary to retain a qualified neuropsychologist. This expert is needed to document the TBI victim’s subjective complaints. The expert is also needed to objectively document the victim’s deficits through neuropsychological testing. It is also important for the expert to be able to state whether the victim is competent to stand trial and testify in the case. In many situations, this particular expert is critical to the outcome of trial. These experts can be used in Texas cases involving a car accident or work place accidents where there has been a TBI.
Locating a competent expert for a Texas personal injury case requires knowledge of the educational and professional standards of that profession. Since the criteria for competence are vague, a prudent Houston attorney should refer to the more stringent national level guidelines when retaining this type of expert.
Since neuropsychologists typically do not hold medical degrees, defense counsel may argue that they are not qualified to render medical opinions as to diagnosis. However, in Texas, courts permit these experts to testify with regard to diagnosis of the traumatic brain injury and its causal relationship to the personal injury accident.
If you have further questions about choosing an expert for your case or if you or someone you know has been injury in a San Antonio or Houston, Texas personal injury accident feel free to call The Weaver Law Firm. The firm can handle cases throughout the state of Texas including areas like McAllen, Beaumont and Pecos, Texas. You can reach us at 713-572-4900.
– Article By Richard Weaver