Forensic Evaluations

A forensic neuropsychological evaluation is an assessment of brain function related to a legal question. The types of legal issues addressed may vary substantially and include, but are not limited to:

Personal Injury
Has an individual suffered a concussion or brain injury due to an accident, fall, car crash, bicycle accident, medical procedure, lack of medical care or inappropriate medical care? If so, what is the nature and extent of the problem?

Does an individual have a brain injury or psychiatric disorder that prevents the person from returning to work? If so, what is the nature and extent of the problem?

Elder Law / Probate Issues
Does / did an individual have testamentary capacity when he/she signed a legal document (will, power of attorney, trust, property deed)?
Is / was an individual a vulnerable adult according to A.R.S. §46-451?
Is / was an individual an incapacitated person according to A.R.S. §14-5101?
Is / was an individual susceptible to undue influence?

Legal Issues
You may be involved in legal proceedings, and need to determine whether you are capable of meaningfully assisting your attorney or making important decisions that would withstand legal scrutiny. Neuropsychological evaluation can provide an objective basis for determining your ability to do so.

Fitness for Duty
Does the professional (doctor, nurse, pilot or therapist) have brain-related or psychological problems that prevent the person from carrying out their occupation safely and competently? If so, what is the nature and extent of the problem? In these cases, treatment recommendations are often sought.

The length of a forensic evaluation varies and depends on what is requested or required. Typically, an evaluation can be completed in one day (two hours to several hours).

See Why Evaluation?