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Head Trauma, Comprehension and Intoxication – What to look for in EVERY case.

Tara M Godoy, BSN RN CFN

This seminar presentation will cover the different types of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) that result from trauma to the brain to build a foundation of how trauma affects the brain, and then will dive into the application in criminal cases. Discussion will include aggressive behavior, alcohol intoxication and consent capacity after TBI. Criminal attorneys and investigators for both the prosecution and defense will benefit from understanding the affect that head trauma has on defendants and/or victims in criminal cases.

Head Trauma/TBI

  • Definition
  • Indications
  • Primary and Secondary Injury
  • Signs & Symptoms
  • Classification

Types of Bleeds

  • Epidural Hematoma
  • Subdural Hematoma
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Intracerebral Hematoma


  • Description
  • Signs & Symptoms
  • Post-Concussive Syndrome
  • Second Impact Syndrome

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

  • Description
  • Signs & Symptoms

TBI in your case

  • Aggression
  • Alcohol Intoxication
  • Consent Capacity