The purpose of neuropsychological testing is to ascertain whether or not the claimant has suffered a traumatic brain injury.
This of course requires a comparison to be made between the claimant’s pre-accident (or pre-morbid) and post-accident level of intellectual functioning.
Unless the claimant has undergone an IQ test before the accident, which would be unusual, the tester needs to determine the claimant’s likely pre-morbid intelligence by referring to the claimant’s school reports and other academic transcripts, and the observations of the claimant’s friends, teachers, work colleagues or anyone else in a position to make the requisite observations.
Also relevant is the general intelligence and academic achievements of the claimant’s parents and siblings.
The more information the tester receives about the claimant’s level of pre-morbid functioning the greater the chance that the tester will be able to make a fairly accurate assessments of the decline in intellect because of the claimant’s brain injury.
It is of course a difficult task where the claimant was a very young infant at the time of the accident. In such cases the only indicator is generally the intellect of the child’s parents.
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Written by Tom Goudkamp.