Child put in coma when bike hit on the way to school
Personal details (age, family, etc.):
- Male, 14, at the time of the accident residing with his parents and older sister in Brampton
Accident details (how, where, when, diagram):
- The client was riding his bicycle with his friend when he was sideswiped by a car. The client was thrown off the bike and sustained a severe traumatic brain injury (GCS 5). He was found unconscious at the scene and transported via helicopter to Sick Kids in Toronto.
Initial accident injuries (hospitalization, damages):
- Client sustained a severe brain injury, fractured ribs, arm, and leg requiring internal fixation.
- He remained in the intensive care unit at Sick Kids for 4 weeks. He slowly regained consciousness, and had to remain at the hospital for 2 months. He was then transferred to Bloorview McMillan Rehabilitation Centre in Toronto for further recovery.
Sequelae, Injuries and conditions list:
- He was an unable return to school following the accident. He spent the rest of the school year at home.
- After attempting to return to school he was found to have profound neurocognitive deficits, including memory, decision making, attention, as well as significant difficulties with anger management.
- After being involved in several fights with other children, the rehabilitation team recommended for the client to be assisted by a full-time Rehabilitation worker to help him deal with anger on daily basis. The rehabilitation worker also provided educational support.
- The client continued to suffer from pain due to fractures, and found it very difficult to engage in sports. Subsequently he gained 60 pounds of weight which in turn exacerbated difficulties with pain
- He developed unhealthy habits, began drinking alcohol excessively, started taking street drugs.
- Due to compromised social abilities he was unable to form friendships or relationships with girls, and turned to sex trade workers.
- He was immediately deemed cat.
- Required ongoing support from a team including Case Management, PT twice per week, OT once per week, SLP once per week, Massage therapy once per week, Rehabilitation Support Worker five times per week.
- Eventually the client decreased his participation in PT and OT to as needed basis and increased participation Exercise Therapy.
- He required ongoing assistance from a Psychologist and a Psychiatrist
- Parents assumed the role of attendant care providers
- Treatment was ongoing until the client reached 23 years of age – almost 9 years after the accident
- Near the end of course of therapy client became non-compliant, chose to decrease therapy, general physical and psychological status deterioration was observed
- The overall incidence of anger outbursts and emotional difficulties has significantly decreased
- The client achieved good recovery physically despite the weight gain. He continued to complain of pain in his pelvis which prevented him from engaging in more dynamic physical activities.
Settlement or judgment:
- Settlement reached after 9 years at 1.6 M