(Please note: the names and locations of all parties have been changed to protect the confidentiality of the participants in this brain injury/automobile accident case and its proceedings.)
NATURE AND EXTENT OF PLAINTIFF’S DAMAGES
SUMMARY OF PLAINTIFF’S MEDICAL TREATMENT
Ms. Smith sought treatment with Lee Family Chiropractic on October 11, 2006. She reported that she could not stop crying since the accident. She was also complaining of left neck pain and stiffness, left shoulder pain, left lower back pain, knee pain, nervousness, irritability, depression, and was feeling weird. She also had bruises along both hips from the lap belt as well as bruises on her right knee and nose from the air bag deploying. Dr. Lee evaluated Ms. Smith and diagnosed her as suffering from a cervical spine sprain/strain; lumbar spine sprain/strain; sacroiliac sprain/strain; left shoulder sprain/strain; and knee sprain/strain.
Dr. Lee treated Ms. Smith on a regular basis through February 8, 2007, and discharged her with the expectation that she would have continued care. She has in fact continued to see Dr. Lee since her discharge.
Ms. Smith also sought medical attention from neurologist, Donna Green, M.D. She was first seen by Dr. Green on May 14, 2007. Ms. Smith reported that she had ongoing and progressive depressive symptoms. She also was unable to multitask. She also continued to have some neck discomfort as well as headaches.
Dr. Green evaluated Ms. Smith and diagnosed her as suffering from post closed head trauma with cerebral concussion; post concussion syndrome with cephalgia and mental status changes; post traumatic cervical sprain; and post traumatic stress reaction with depression and anxiety.
Ms. Smith has also been seen by psychologist, Suzanne Perry, Ph.D. With Dr. Perry’s treatment, Ms. Smith was able to make some significant progress from her injuries. However, her inability to multitask and to perform up to her pre-accident level at work was a major stressor for her. Her internist placed Ms. Smith on disability in the summer of 2007, which helped relieve that stressor while she was able to work on her recovery. (See Part 3 of 5.)
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