Dr. Jeff J. Mollins, Brooklyn’s premier accident specialist has been diagnosing, treating, and documenting injuries sustained by accident victims (car accidents, work accidents, construction accidents, slip and falls) for 30 years. Dr. Mollins is proud to announce that he has added “cognitive testing”, as a valuable diagnostic tool to his comprehensive office. This will help diagnose cases of mild traumatic brain injury (mild TBI). It is not uncommon for individuals hurt in accidents to sustain mild traumatic brain injury. This injury often occurs with accidents when head trauma is involved (i.e. construction accidents) or possibly when a whiplash injury (car accident) is present. Mild traumatic brain injury is often misdiagnosed and must be properly determined as expeditiously as possible so it can be treated effectively to prevent more dire health issues that may occur in the future.
Cognition describes the process of thinking, reasoning, problem solving, information processing and memory. These processes are typically affected when mild traumatic injury occurs.
Cognitive testing is often used to obtain information about cognitive capabilities:
- These tests are specialized tests – oriented evaluators of human brain behavior relationships, evaluating higher cognitive functioning, as well as basic sensory motor processes.
- Testing can assess the individual’s cognitive, language, behavioral motor, and executive functions and provide information regarding the need for rehabilitative sources.
- The doctor will review the case history and hospital records of the patient, and interviews the patient and his/her family.
- The doctor will acquire information about the “person” the individual was before the injury, based on aspects like school performance, habits, and lifestyle, in order to detail which abilities remain unchanged as well as areas of the brain that are adversely affected by the injury and how the injury is expected to impact the individuals life.
Our patient is placed in front of a computer and asked to respond to a series of tests testing memory, speed of response, and other cognitive functions. These test results are quantified and the doctor is able to determine if brain function has been affected by the head trauma sustained. Once a proper diagnosis is obtained, the patient can then begin a regimen of therapy and if needed, medication to help the patient achieve wellness.
Cognitive Testing is covered under workers compensation as well as no-fault insurance. This means that if you are injured on the job (in NYC) or involved in a motor vehicle accident, you can receive cognitive testing at no cost.