Neurological assessments - Educational reference guide + workbook for catastrophic designation | Ontario
Neurological assessments detect the presence of a neurological disease or injury. The assessments monitor progression, determine the type of care needed, and gauge response to therapeutic interventions. Measuring one’s recovery is a very important component for planning future care, determining health care outcomes and securing insurance benefits.
Included in this guide are the assessment tools adopted by the Insurance Act, RSO 1990 and are required through legislation to be completed by a qualified health care professional to determine access to funding through the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS).
Assessments may be carried out for a variety of reasons, such as:
- Clinical evaluation, to understand the pattern of cognitive strengths as well as any difficulties one may have, and to aid decision-making for use in a medical or rehabilitation environment.
- Scientific investigation, to examine a hypothesis about the structure and function of cognition to be tested, or to provide information that allows experimental testing to be seen in the context of a wider cognitive profile.
- Medico-legal assessment, to be used in a court of law as evidence in a legal claim or criminal investigation.
The purpose of this booklet is to help the reader understand neurological assessment tools and to assist the injured person and health care professional through the documentation necessary to secure medical and rehabilitation benefits within the SABS.
Neurological assessments provide assessors with essential information that will help determine whether the injured person is entitled to a catastrophic level of funding through the SABS following a motor vehicle accident (MVA).
By working in collaboration with hospital staff, physicians, the insurance company and the legal team, one will be in the best position to advocate for proper care following a MVA.
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