“Hi! My name is Andra DeCarlo. I am a registered nurse and a legal nurse consultant.
I work in support of attorneys in claims and litigation. I have worked with the attorneys here at Lucas, Green and Magazine evaluating their clients’ medical-legal issues in the firm’s personal injury claims and suits.
There is in medicine and in the law a growing concern and awareness of closed head injuries and how, in the past, these injuries were either misdiagnosed on not diagnosed at all. The study of closed head injuries peaked my interest before this began playing out in the media.
As I’m sure you are aware; The NFL, despite their initial denial of the long range effect of close head injuries brought this type of injury into the limelight and, as such, players are safer today that in years past.
I have studied the mechanism of injury and its diagnosis and now actively lecture in professional seminar forums on the subject. I am certified by the Florida Bar to instruct attorneys and their staff on mild Traumatic Brain Injury, particularly in vehicular crashes.
I assist Lucas, Green and Magazine with these issues as they arise in their practice.
My work experience in orthopaedics and neurology has enhanced my understanding of traumatic injuries generally.
I have worked for both Plaintiff and Defense firms and my knowledge of traumatic brain injury has made me well-informed and well- rounded in litigation, both sides. I work behind the scenes on these cases for Lucas, Green and Magazine and, can for you.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a serious injury caused by trauma to the head. It can be from sports related injuries, slip and falls or motor vehicle accidents; all traumatic injuries to the head possess the possibility of mild traumatic brain injury.
These injuries can have serious effects on a person’s physical abilities, mental well-being and can cause cognitive impairments.
If not correctly and timely diagnosed and left untreated or if ignored, these injuries can become progressively worse and intensify over time.
Over 1 million Americans suffer a traumatic brain injury each year.
Interestingly enough, and unknown to many people, it does not take a direct blow to the head to cause traumatic brain injury.
The rapid acceleration/deceleration forces sustained in an accident can cause the brain to impact the opposite side of the skull. Whiplash, which can be glossed over in the emergency room, CAN result in mild traumatic brain injury.
The most common type of brain trauma can result in concussions. They are often caused by impacts to the head or by whiplash type movements. Concussions are often referred to as a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI).
Some symptoms of concussion are:
2.) memory loss
3.) difficulty sleeping
4.) inability to concentrate
I assist the attorneys at Lucas, Green and Magazine to stay informed as to the latest technology, as well as, informing them about particular health care providers who are knowledgeable about these injuries. I want their clients to get the best neurological evaluative team possible.
After reviewing and analyzing client medical records, I interpret and present that information in a form that allows it to be easily communicated to insurance companies.
I hope this is has been informative as to a legal nurse consultants role in the legal process.”