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Dr. Messler is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist and licensed psychologist who has provided thousands of evaluations where the question of traumatic brain injury was raised. She has also served as expert consultant and witness. She believes it is critical to provide an objective, scientifically defensible opinion, and to help the jury and court understand the implications of the neuropsychological aspects of cases before them. As a prior active duty neuropsychologist, she has extensive experience in the area of military forensic neuropsychology.

Neuropsychology for the Attorney: Differences Between Forensic Neuropsychologists and Neurologists

By | 2017-05-25T13:35:32+00:00 July 1st, 2015|forensic neuropsychologist, forensic neuropsychologist Charlotte NC, forensic neuropsychology, neuropsychologist, neuropsychologist in Charlotte, traumatic brain injury, Uncategorized|

Neuropsychology for the Attorney:  Differences Between Neuropsychologists and Neurologists Attorneys should understand the difference between what the 2 specialties of neuropsychology and neurology can provide, in a way that goes beyond “neurologists can prescribe medications and neuropsychologists cannot.”  Although neurologists and neuropsychologists work as a team in the medical center setting, our roles are different.  [...]

The IME for Brain Injury: Anticipating Controversies in the Courtroom

By | 2015-08-27T18:32:19+00:00 July 1st, 2015|forensic neuropsychologist, forensic neuropsychologist Charlotte NC, forensic neuropsychology, neuropsychologist, neuropsychologist in Charlotte, traumatic brain injury|

The IME for Brain Injury:  Anticipating Controversies in the Courtroom While there are some advantages to retaining a forensic neuropsychologist who is very experienced with years of practice under his or her belt, standards of practice and research on assessment of concussion and malingering have evolved rapidly over the past several years.  It is very [...]

Why Should an Attorney Care about Neuropsychological Effort Testing?

By | 2017-05-25T13:35:32+00:00 July 1st, 2015|forensic neuropsychologist, forensic neuropsychologist Charlotte NC, forensic neuropsychology, IME neuropsychologist Charlotte NC, neuropsychologist, neuropsychologist in Charlotte, traumatic brain injury, Uncategorized|

Why Should an Attorney Care about Neuropsychological Effort Testing? Use of effort testing in neuropsychology (also known as symptom validity testing or performance validity testing) is the current norm and expected standard of practice in neuropsychological evaluations.  Effort tests that are included as part of the neuropsychological evaluation inform as to whether an examinee is [...]

What is a Forensic Neuropsychological Evaluation?

By | 2017-05-25T13:35:32+00:00 July 1st, 2015|forensic neuropsychologist, forensic neuropsychologist Charlotte NC, forensic neuropsychology, IME neuropsychologist Charlotte NC, neuropsychologist, neuropsychologist in Charlotte, traumatic brain injury, Uncategorized|

What is a Forensic Neuropsychological Evaluation? Neuropsychological consultation has long played a major role in diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and educational and vocational planning.  The expert forensic neuropsychologist in America today can invite referrals of individuals with the following conditions or needs: Ø       Acquired brain injury Ø       Memory loss or attention problems [...]

When Should an Attorney Refer to an Expert Forensic Neuropsychologist?

By | 2017-05-25T13:35:32+00:00 July 1st, 2015|forensic neuropsychologist, forensic neuropsychologist Charlotte NC, forensic neuropsychology, IME neuropsychologist Charlotte NC, neuropsychologist, neuropsychologist in Charlotte, traumatic brain injury|

When Should an Attorney Refer to an Expert Forensic Neuropsychologist? While you may wish to avoid coaching your clients, it can be helpful to identify when referral to an expert forensic neuropsychologist is warranted within the context of a personal injury case.  Here are several guidelines in the case of possible concussion or traumatic brain [...]

Forensic Neuropsychology Expert Dialogue with the Attorney: Unemployment after TBI

By | 2017-05-25T13:35:32+00:00 June 30th, 2015|forensic neuropsychologist, forensic neuropsychologist Charlotte NC, forensic neuropsychology, IME neuropsychologist Charlotte NC, neuropsychologist, neuropsychologist in Charlotte, traumatic brain injury|

  As an attorney, it is important to understand all of the factors that may have contributed to your client’s unemployment or underemployment after brain injury so you can prepare your case.  A now well-cited article discusses likelihood of unemployment after TBI and the factors that influence this.  It is important to understand that there [...]

Controversies in Concussion Frequently Encountered by Attorneys and Expert Forensic Neuropsychologists: Subconcussion or Subconcussive Blows

By | 2017-05-25T13:35:32+00:00 June 29th, 2015|forensic neuropsychologist, forensic neuropsychologist Charlotte NC, forensic neuropsychology, IME neuropsychologist Charlotte NC, neuropsychologist, neuropsychologist in Charlotte, traumatic brain injury|

Controversies in Concussion Frequently Encountered by Attorneys and Expert Forensic Neuropsychologists:  Subconcussion or Subconcussive Blows Some of the most significant controversies in the field currently relate to (1) diagnosis of TBI retrospectively (particularly concussion), and (2) chronic symptoms following TBI.  It is difficult, in some cases, for experts to agree on short and long term [...]

What is a Military Forensic Neuropsychologist? Guidelines for Selecting an Expert Forensic Neuropsychologist (Part 1)

By | 2017-05-25T13:35:32+00:00 June 29th, 2015|forensic neuropsychology, IME neuropsychologist Charlotte NC, neuropsychologist, neuropsychologist in Charlotte, traumatic brain injury|

What is a Military Forensic Neuropsychologist?  Guidelines for Selecting an Expert Forensic Neuropsychologist (Part 1) A military forensic neuropsychologist can be indispensable in a military court case where questions about impact of TBI, posttraumatic stress disorder, and other conditions are raised.  Rule of Court Martial 706 (RCM 706) permits military defense attorneys to request a [...]

Concussion Workup Increasing in the Emergency Department: An Update for Personal Injury Attorneys

By | 2017-05-25T13:35:32+00:00 June 28th, 2015|forensic neuropsychologist, forensic neuropsychologist Charlotte NC, forensic neuropsychology, IME neuropsychologist Charlotte NC, neuropsychologist, neuropsychologist in Charlotte, traumatic brain injury, Uncategorized|

Concussion Workup Increasing in the Emergency Department:  An Update for Personal Injury Attorneys An interesting article was released this week regarding how emergency department visits and head CT utilization have increased over the years (the study time frame was 2006-2011).  This article was published in the Journal of Academic Emergency Medicine (2015 June 25; Zonfrillo [...]

A Brain Injury Lawyer Calls a Neuropsychologist….

By | 2015-08-27T18:32:20+00:00 June 27th, 2015|forensic neuropsychologist, forensic neuropsychologist Charlotte NC, forensic neuropsychology, IME neuropsychologist Charlotte NC, neuropsychologist, neuropsychologist in Charlotte, traumatic brain injury|

Attorneys:  Several Questions about TBI to Ask a Neuropsychologist There are several questions that a brain injury lawyer should ask and understand about their case when the claimant raises the issue of concussion or traumatic injury.  A brain injury lawyer can employ a neuropsychologist to provide expert evaluation or opinion in a case.  When the [...]