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Special Issue Article
Effects and Outcomes in Civilian and Military Traumatic Brain Injury: Similarities, Differences, and Forensic Implications
Version of Record online: 16 SEP 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Behavioral Sciences & the Law
Special Issue: Traumatic Brain Injury
Volume 31, Issue 6, pages 814–832, November/December 2013
How to Cite
Lamberty, G. J., Nelson, N. W. and Yamada, T. (2013), Effects and Outcomes in Civilian and Military Traumatic Brain Injury: Similarities, Differences, and Forensic Implications. Behav. Sci. Law, 31: 814–832. doi: 10.1002/bsl.2091
- Issue online: 3 DEC 2013
- Version of Record online: 16 SEP 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 3 AUG 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 31 JUL 2013
- Manuscript Received: 10 MAY 2013
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a prominent public health problem in both civilian and military settings. This article discusses similarities and differences in the assessment and treatment of TBI and the attendant forensic implications. Acute care and management of moderate/severe TBI tend to be similar across environments, as is the recognition of disability status in affected individuals. By contrast, an increased focus on mild TBI in recent years has resulted in a reliance on self-report and screening measures to validate the occurrence of events leading to injury. This has complicated assessment, treatment and subsequent medicolegal proceedings. The neuropsychological literature has provided significant guidance on these difficult issues, although the complexity of disability adjudication for active duty members of the military and veterans continues to pose challenges for clinicians in evaluative and treatment contexts. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.