What is a Neuropsychological Evaluation?

Neuropsychological evaluations involve testing to help evaluate or measure brain functioning. It is commonly used in disability insurance cases to determine if there is cognitive impairment impacting a person's ability to work.

The testing and evaluation are done by a neuropsychologist trained to administer the tests and interpret the findings. From there, the neuropsychologist scores the answers to determine if any impairments exist. The neuropsychologist can then make recommendations on further evaluation, treatment and diagnosis.

Why do I need a neuropsychological evaluation?

These tests are often used in disability insurance claims to establish cognitive impairment. We use these tests for claimants who have suffered from injuries or illnesses such as:

  • Traumatic brain injury or post-concussive syndrome
  • Stroke
  • Neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease
  • Lupus
  • Alzheimer’s or dementia
  • Brain tumor
  • Mental health disorders

What kinds of tests are done in a neuropsychological evaluation?

This depends on the type of injury or illness you have and what the doctor’s are looking for. Typically, they conduct tests in the following areas:

  • Memory
  • Executive functioning
  • Motor function
  • Emotions function
  • Problem solving
  • Visual spatial function

Most of the testing is done with paper and pencil or on a computer. There is also an interview portion where the neuropsychologist learns about you and your background. This helps them set a baseline for what to look for.

In a neuropsychological evaluation, there is no invasive testing. They do not put you in a machine like an MRI or x-ray. Everything is done through talking, writing, answering questions, and computer tests.

There is built in validity testing so it is important to put forth the full effort. If their neuropsychologists find it is not valid, the results may not help prove your disability.

If you have been asked by your disability insurance company to attend a neuropsychological evaluation or feel such testing would help the case, contact one of the experienced attorneys at Dabdoub Law Firm to discuss your case. We can help you understand the testing and whether this is something that can help you.

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