Head Trauma, Comprehension, and Intoxication: What to look for in every criminal case

Tara Godoy, BSN RN CFN
Tara Godoy, BSN RN CFN | Godoy Medical Forensics

Tara Godoy is a Certified Forensic Nurse and has been working with Criminal and Civil Attorneys for over 10 years. She has a BS in Nursing from the University of Southern California and currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Live Video-Broadcast: December 8, 2022

Head Trauma, Comprehension, and Intoxication: What to look for in every criminal case

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Program Summary

This presentation will cover the different types of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) that result from trauma to the brain to build a foundation of how trauma affects the brain, and then will dive into the application in criminal cases. Discussion will include aggressive behavior, alcohol intoxication and consent capacity after TBI. Criminal attorneys and investigators for both the prosecution and defense will benefit from understanding the affect that head trauma has on defendants and/or victims in criminal cases.

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

  • Be familiar with Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Be familiar with the types of intracranial hemorrhages associated with TBI
  • Be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of head trauma and compare them to alcohol
    intoxication
  • Be familiar with the different ways of classifying brain injury severity

Date / Time: December 8, 2022

  • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern
  • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Central
  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Mountain
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific

Closed-captioning available

Speakers

Tara Godoy, BSN RN CFN_Godoy Medical Forensics_FedBarTara Godoy, BSN RN CFN | Godoy Medical Forensics

Tara Godoy is a Certified Forensic Nurse and has been working with Criminal and Civil Attorneys for over 10 years. She has a BS in Nursing from the University of Southern California and currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Through consulting and testimony she has assisted both the prosecution and the defense in obtaining an honest and fair resolution in hundreds of criminal cases. Along with her nursing staff and physician contractors, Godoy Medical Forensics has consulted on over 1500 cases nationwide and has worked at both the federal and state levels.

Tara has been asked to present for national organizations such as the NACDL and the NDIA at their Forensics conferences in Las Vegas. Tara’s main areas of expertise are Strangulation and Blunt Force Trauma, but testimony is also offered on other cases where traumatic injuries occur or medical record analysis is needed. Tara can be reached at [email protected]

Agenda

I. Head Trauma/TBI | 2:00pm – 2:15pm

  1. Definition
  2. Indications
  3. Primary and Secondary Injury
  4. Signs & Symptoms
  5. Classification

II. Types of Bleeds | 2:15pm – 2:30pm

  1. Epidural Hematoma
  2. Subdural Hematoma
  3. Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  4. Intracerebral Hematoma

III. Concussion | 2:30pm – 2:40pm

  1. Description
  2. Signs & Symptoms
  3. Post-Concussive Syndrome
  4. Second Impact Syndrome

IV. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy | 2:40pm – 2:50pm

  1. Description
  2. Signs & Symptoms

V. TBI in your case | 2:50pm – 3:00pm

  1. Aggression
  2. Alcohol Intoxication
  3. Consent Capacity