A Life Care Plan is a dynamic document based upon published standards of practice, comprehensive assessment, data analysis and research which provides an organized, concise plan for current and future needs. The Life Care Plan includes the associated cost for the individuals who have experienced catastrophic injury or have chronic care needs.
Based on this definition a Life Care Plan is a tool used by defense and plaintiff attorneys to educate the jury regarding the anticipated costs, goods and services needed over the course of the client’s lifetime as related to the illness or injury. The report is comprehensive incorporating a summary of medical records, interview with the client and correspondence with the treating or examining physicians. Additionally the report includes tables that clearly delineate the costs associated with each good and service.
A Life Care Plan would be an ideal resource for the following types of injury cases:
Spinal Cord Injuries
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Claims Examiners are able to use a Life Care Plan to set reserves or to use as a reference to negotiate case outcomes.