I previously commented on an article authored by Grant Iverson, Ph.D. discussing the concept of “Good Old Days Bias” in which patients remember being healthier prior to their sustaining their traumatic injury.

More recently, clinicians at McGill University in Montreal interviewed parents of children five to twelve years old approximately one month after the children had sustained a concussion.  According to a report published in MedPage Today, the study, led by Basil Kadoura, a student at McGill, resulted in similar findings as reported by Dr. Iverson. In this recent study, parent interviews revealed that parents’ recollections of their children’s pre-injury symptoms, “as being much less severe than they indicated in the emergency department when the children were being evaluated.”  

From a neuro attorney standpoint, this again emphasizes the need to get a client’s prior medical records rather than simply relying on the memory of the client, or his or her parents or spouse.