Doctor tells Pennsylvania AG Kane to work from home until at least Nov. 24
HARRISBURG — Attorney General Kathleen Kane will continue to undergo physical therapy and treatment by a neurologist with a target date of Nov. 24 to return to work, her spokeswoman Renee Martin said Thursday.
A doctor confirmed a diagnosis of concussion with cervical back trauma from an Oct. 21 automobile accident in Dunmore, while she was driven by a security agent.
Her doctor told Kane, 48, that such injuries usually require four to six weeks of limited activity for recovery, Martin said.
In a follow-up visit with the doctor Wednesday, he said her return to work would be “as tolerable,” Martin said. Until then, Kane will work from her home in Clarks Summit near Scranton.
“She communicates with staff regularly and is kept apprised of all activities,” Martin said. “She is still experiencing headaches, nausea, fatigue and soreness in her neck and back.”
The neurologist adjusted Kane’s medication, Martin said. She declined to disclose the medication prescribed.
Another visit with the doctor is scheduled for two weeks.
The accident in a state vehicle happened at 6:55 a.m. on a day that Kane was subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
The grand jury is investigating a leak this year of 2009 secret documents involving a Philadelphia political activist whom prosecutors never charged with a crime.
Montgomery County Judge William Carpenter is overseeing the state grand jury in Norristown and the work of special prosecutor Thomas Carluccio.
Martin said Kane was “absolutely not” ducking the grand jury.
“Since the accident, the pain in her neck and back has intensified,” Martin said. “Her doctor has added physical therapy to her course of treatment.”
Martin said the two agents who were in the accident with Kane are under a doctor’s care for unspecified injuries.
Both men are former Dunmore police officers. The town is immediately east of Scranton and south of Kane’s hometown.
Martin has said she did not know why Kane was in Dunmore on the morning of the accident. Kane’s driver, Robert Ruddy, told police that his iPad slipped off the car seat to the floor and he sideswiped a parked Jeep Cherokee on Chestnut Street when he reached down to retrieve it. The speed limit on Chestnut is 15 mph.
Kane was a passenger in the back seat with former Dunmore police Chief Patrick Reese, who is a member of her security detail.
Brad Bumsted is Trib Total Media’s state Capitol reporter. Reach him at 717-787-1405 or firstname.lastname@example.org.