Legal Matters


DEAR PAT:

Can a neuropsychiatrist critique the report of a neuropsychologist for a person who has suffered TBI?

DEAR PAT:

Pat, help! I need an expert witness to reconstruct my car accident -- someone who can testify that someone who does not hit his/her head can still have a brain injury. What leading experts do you know?

DEAR PAT:

I have a question regarding my rights as an employee with epilepsy. I have myoclonic and complex/partial seizures. Every once in a while I have problems which keep me home from work. With my previous boss, I had an agreement for making up the time when I was out due to seizures. Now I have a new boss, so I discussed my situation with him to see if the same arrangement could be a possibility. He said he would think it over and a few weeks later called me into his office. The new boss said he had taken my question to senior management. I thought our original conversation had been confidential and I never gave him permission to discuss my situation with anyone else. Now senior management wants documentation from my neurologist. What are my rights and were any violated?

DEAR PAT:

I am an avid reader of your articles since my brother became a survivor 7 months ago. He had water around his heart (pericardial sac) that was misdiagnosed as pneumonia. He went into cardiac arrest at the hospital and the residents did open heart massage for 20 minutes. He is now totally dependent on his wife who also cares for their two small children. I am there daily and on the Internet nightly, looking for all information. My question is - Where can I look for similar cases as ours to sue the hospital and doctors? The expenses are enormous to keep him at home. This is our only recourse, we are involved with the Mayo Clinic now. That is a blessing, but now my family is considering bankruptcy. My brother is 51 years old. We celebrated his birthday in ICU while he was on life support. Life’s not always fair, but we need to find out if others had this happen and what is our legal recourse. I did go to an attorney who is waiting for records from the hospital. I had to give him $5,000 just to review the case, non-refundable. I have learned that what needs to be done, I must look into myself. Where can I go to review other lawsuits?

DEAR PAT:

My husband was in a car accident over 4 years ago and sustained a minor brain injury. Two months after the accident he started getting involved in criminal activity and drugs. He is not violent, but has continued to get into trouble. He has been in jail over 8 times in the last year. He is a very successful manager of a car dealership and makes over $180,000 dollars a year income. There is no reason for his criminal doings. It baffles everyone that knows him. He is now in jail and is non-bondable. His behavior changed after the accident and he is very impulsive. He says he cannot control his criminal activity. Is this possibly caused by the brain injury? I s there any evidence relating to this kind of behavior.

DEAR PAT:

After a person has been injured in a car accident and suffers a traumatic brain injury, who determines they are "of sound mind" to sign any kind of legal papers? To ask for a divorce? When is that determined? At what point is it discussed? I'm referring to my brother who suffered a closed head TBI nine months ago. He has been home from the hospital for five months and his wife treats him with zero respect. She constantly talks down to him and I'm afraid of how she treats him when I'm not around. He begs me to take him away from her. I don't know what to do. I think he is "of sound mind" now. Thank you for your excellent work. I don't know how I would have survived without you during these last few months.

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