The case involves a 3 year old child who fell 30 feet off of a balcony that had no railings, and suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of the fall. She was flown to a hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana via air ambulance, where she was stabilized and released after about 3 months. The child is now four years old. The plaintiff requires an expert in pediatric neurology to opine on the patient’s likely prognosis.
Question(s) For Expert Witness
- 1. Do you have experience treating patients who have suffered similar injuries?
- 2. Please explain you experience reviewing similar cases?
- 3. Are you available to opine on this patient's prognosis and future management/medical requirements?
Expert Witness Response E-001341
The patient is likely to have suffered from a fairly severe traumatic brain injury. I take care of many pediatric patients with traumatic brain injury as part of the scope of my practice as an academic pediatric neurologist at Louisiana State University School of Medicine. I have been a board certified pediatric neurologist for 20 years with academic position of Associate Professor of Neurology at LSUHSC in New Orleans and Children’s Hospital. I have written a book chapter on pediatric traumatic brain injury in Cohn’s Current Therapy and an article on Shaken Baby Syndrome published in Seminars in Pediatric Neurology. I have given expert opinion for medical legal cases involving pediatric TBI on a couple of occasions
Expert Witness Response E-014540
Certainly morbidity is to be expected in a young child, falling from such a height. The sequelae will likely be developmental, with cognitive/intellectual disabilities, and even the possibility of more significant impairment, namely in the areas of speech/language and motor skills. Working in a tertiary care center in a large urban area, with a Level III Trauma Center, and being part of a pediatric neuro-rehabilitation team, am experienced in treating children with such histories.