A ventricular drain with pressure monitor was placed in his brain on January 7, 2001. In addition to the foregoing, Plaintiff was suffering from aspiration and a right-sided pneumothorax. As a result, a chest tube had to be placed into his lung in the Emergency Department.
The operation to place the ventricular drain and pressure monitor in his skull took place on January 7, 2001. To rule out intra-abdominal injury a diagnostic peritoneal lavage was carried out on January 7, 2001, with an incision made below his navel.
Plaintiff was finally discharged on February 18, 2001, having been hospitalized for six weeks. Following his discharge from UC Davis Medical Center, Plaintiff was transferred to Sierra Gates Rehabilitation for initial head injury rehabilitation. On March 1, 2001, he was released to his parents’ custody.
Plaintiff suffered brain damage in the collision. On December 18, 2002, he was assessed by Alan E. Brooker, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, CRC, a clinical neuropsychologist. In his report, Dr. Brooker concludes the following:
“Thus, the pattern of neuropsychological test date reflects most difficulties are clearly delineated by auditory attention and concentration, delayed procedures (e.g., 18-second delay), but more profound difficulties were found with visual immediate memory, visual delayed memory, and auditory recognition delayed memory as measured by the WMS-3rd Edition.
His speech and language skills appear relatively intact in normal conversation, but he clearly has word-finding and word-naming difficulties. His performance on the COWAT suggested word-retrieval problems on a letter fluency task and he clearly has impaired performance for naming on the Boston Naming Test. His cognitive flexibility as measured by the Wisconsin Card-Sorting Test appears to be relatively stable. Behaviorally, he manifests lowered frustration tolerance with occasional panic attacks but, more importantly, clear evidence of apathy. This manifests in an adjustment disorder. Symptoms of note are clearly delineated on the responses on the SCL-90-R Symptom Profile.”
(See Part 3 of 8.)
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