How Are TBI Victims Handled In The Courts?

The long-term symptoms of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are often similar to the mental illnesses and developmental disabilities which receive special treatment in the courtroom. After a brain injury or repeated concussions, the victim is often incapable of standing trial due to impaired cognition and emotional reasoning. Often the families of TBI victims claim the victim is a completely different person after the accident.

As such, it is very important that the court system recognize that victims who have suffered a TBI receive the same protections as those with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities. A proposed bill in the Vermont legislature aims to close that loophole and allow suspects with TBI to be handled by the Department of Mental Health if they are deemed incapable of standing trial. “It is a new population, it is a complex population, it is a complicated problem to try to solve as evidenced by all other states,” said the commissioner of the Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living (DAIL).

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The need for TBI-specific legislation highlights the severity of TBIs and the burden placed on the family caring for the victim. Physical therapy and psychotherapy are incredibly expensive and often not covered by the victim’s insurance provider, and there is no reason why a family should pay for it all themselves. Our traumatic brain injury lawyers will ensure that your loved one receives the best possible care from the leading neurologists, psychologists and physical therapists. In addition, the Metier Law Firm, LLC will recover the full compensation that you need to get your life back on track. For more information, call us today at (866) 377-3800.

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[Did You Know: DAIL offers a 24-hour support center for TBI victims to assist with behavioral and emotional crises.]

Source: http://vtdigger.org/2014/02/18/state-asks-time-study-patients-traumatic-brain-injury-court-system/

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