I found an interesting article on the International Brain Injury Association’s website the other day written by Robert L. Shepherd MS, Certified Medical Illustrator and Vice President & Director of Eastern Region Operations for MediVisuals Incorporated.

The article discusses how medical and health care professionals are often called upon to provide expert opinions during litigation. Those experts providing medical/legal opinions may either be called due to their role as a treater of a patient involved in litigation or retained to provide so called “expert witness” testimony because these specialists are recognized as experts in a specific area (even though they may not have treated a patient involved in litigation). In either case, the role of the testifying professional is very important in helping decision makers or triers of fact identify and appreciate the truth in order to achieve just resolution of the contested issue(s).

The article goes on to discuss the challenges testifying professionals will need to consider in order to present an opinion in a legal venue. You can read the full article online here

United States House of Representatives Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-08) and Todd Russell Platts (R-PA-19) introduced legislation to reauthorize funding for the Traumatic Brain Injury Act earlier this month.

Pascrell and Platts have long been involved with TBI legislation and improvements in care and funding. Pascrell, founder of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, and Platts, co-chairman of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, are still fighting for this act, more than 10 years after its initial introduction in 1996 and its reauthorization in 2000.

The TBI Act represents a foundation for coordinated and balanced public policy in prevention, education, research and community-living for people with TBI. This act is the only legislation that specifically allocates federal funds for programs supporting individuals with brain injuries.

This act is a huge step forward in the education and prevention of traumatic brain injuries. With this act, and other future acts like it, we can begin to decrease and eventually eliminate the severity and frequency of traumatic brain injuries.

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