When is an IME necessary?
An IME is often necessary to determine the validity of a short-term or long-term
disability claim, decide whether treatment has been appropriate, and determine
appropriate interventions. IME's are also necessary in personal injury claims.
A forensic neuropsychology expert performing an IME presents quantifiable,
data driven information about the relationship between brain damage or injury,
and the behavioral or cognitive consequences that are related to the legal
proceedings. Scientific tests assess the status of cognitive functions such as
memory, intellectual ability, attention, concentration, mood factors, and
Dr. Olafsson has provided IME's and neuropsychological evaluations throughout
Florida since 2002. He has provided neuropsychological testimony in civil and
criminal cases in Orange, Seminole, Hillsborough, Collier, Lee, Brevard, Duvall,
and Miami-Dade counties.
Neuropsychology is the study of the relationship between the brain and function
including reasoning, behaviors, learning, memory, reading, writing, emotions,
and various cognitive and behavioral functions. Neuropsychological testing and
evaluations provide a method of measuring neuropsychological function and its
interplay with behavior.
Results of neuropsychological tests are organized into cognitive domains that
are accepted by the scientific community, providing a useful and functional way
to consider a person's cognitive abilities. Most evaluations include
consideration of the following factors:
Attention and concentration
Perceptual and spatial abilities
Memory and learning
Sensory Perceptual and Motor skills
Language and communication
Reasoning, problem-solving, and judgement
Emotion and Personality
Executive abilities such as planning, organization, and initiation
Malingering and Exaggeration
This provides the professional in the legal setting a straighforward, objective
way to discuss problems caused by mood disorder, brain injury, toxic exposure,
or other factors.
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