This case involves a 22-year-old female university student with no significant medical history who sustained serious injuries while on a boating trip. The student was part of a sailing club at her university. While the student was on a trip with her team in October, she was working on a boat hoist. The student suddenly lost her balance, swung out her hand to stabilize herself, and caught a finger in the hoist cable. The cable pulled the student’s finger into the pulley and severed her finger. The student subsequently developed complex regional pain syndrome as a result of the incident. An expert in neurological injuries was sought to conduct an independent medical examination of the patient and discuss the limitations she should expect to face as a result of her injury.
Question(s) For Expert Witness
- 1. Please briefly discuss your background in treating patients with complex regional pain syndrome.
Expert Witness Response E-019259
I am board certified in neurology, clinical neurophysiology, electrodiagnostic medicine, and headache medicine. I formerly served as the director of neurology rotation for emergency medicine and internal medicine residents at a university hospital, and I currently work in full-time clinical practice as a neurohospitalist. I estimate that I typically see 1-2 patients with complex regional pain syndrome per year, as it is quite a rare condition. During my time at a head pain institution, I worked with pain anesthesiologists to treat quite a few complex regional pain syndrome patients. I have performed roughly 30 independent medical examinations in my career and have expertise in writing such reports.