(Private) Long-term Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury for VA Defenders
This presentation is designed to teach attorneys and investigators about the long-term effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI). This presentation also covers post-concussion syndrome, the cognitive, behavioral, and psychiatric issues that can result from TBI, and the relationship between offenders and TBI. The purpose of this presentation is to assist attorneys and investigators with a basic understanding of TBI, the associated long-term effects, and how they may impact your clients and their cases. Medical expert and forensic nurse evaluation of TBI will be discussed throughout the presentation.
- Overview of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Post-concussion syndrome signs and symptoms
- Cognitive effects
- Behavioral/Psychiatric Issues
- Relationship between offenders and TBI
- Forensic implications of TBI
Upon completion of this course, the attendee will:
- Understand the types of traumatic brain injury and how they are diagnosed.
- Be familiar with the signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injury and post-concussion
- Have an understanding of the types of long-term effects of TBI and how they can impact
- Understand the relationship between offenders and TBI.
- Identify the forensic implications associated with TBI.
Merriam Young, MS RN CCRN TCRNForensic Nurse Expert
Merriam has been a nurse for 25 years, 16 of which include care of trauma patients, and the last 9 years in Surgical ICU. The last nine years she has worked in the Surgical/Trauma Intensive Care Unit at Stanford University Medical Center. Merriam has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s in Nursing from San Jose State University. She has a certificate in Forensic Nursing from the University of California in Riverside. She is a certified critical care nurse and a trauma certified nurse. Merriam has completed the four-day Advanced Strangulation Course and has reviewed multiple strangulation, assault, DUI, domestic violence, and homicide cases. Merriam has been qualified to testify on strangulation, blunt force trauma, traumatic brain injury and acceptable medical practice for blood draws.