Catastrophic Designation for Children with ABI

Author(s): David F. MacDonald

June 12, 2018

On June 7, 2018, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and March of Dimes Canada, in collaboration with Thomson Rogers, hosted the Children & Youth with Brain Injuries: Practical Strategies Workshop in Sudbury, Ontario.

The objective of the workshop was to provide skills for supporting kids and families after pediatric ABI by helping to:

  • Recognize the effects of ABI in children, adolescents and their families
  • Identify clinical approaches and strategies for engaging kids and supporting families after pediatric ABI
  • Review updates around accident benefits and catastrophic impairment in children with ABI

David MacDonald, personal injury lawyer and a partner at Thomson Rogers, presented on “Catastrophic Designation for Children with ABI: The New Tests, New Rehab Prospects and Reporting Tips“.

Some of the topics covered in David’s presentation include:

  • An overview on how to get to CAT sooner:
    • More children ABI survivors can be CAT
    • Definition keys
    • Look at new technology re Dx TBI
    • Look at the KOSCHI test re AC
    • How do pre-accident problems fit in?
    • How attendant care assessment help CAT
    • Writing reports with KOSCHI in mind

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