Florida medical malpractice and personal injury, Guy S. DiMartino, DC, JD, explains how a life care plan can be used in an injury or medical malpractice case.
A life care plan is used to set out the future needs that a client may have after being severely injured in an accident or by medical malpractice. These needs can include:
- wage loss;
- loss of future earning capacity;
- future medical expenses;
- future prescription expenses;
- vocational retraining;
- physical therapy;
- occupational therapy;
- retrofitting home for special needs;
We typically use one or two experts to prepare a life care plan. Many times a vocational rehabilitation counselor can be used. The Voc-Rehab counselor may do testing, vocational research, recommend vocational retraining, and discuss future medical and healthcare needs with the client's treating healthcare providers. Physiatrists, specialists in physical medicine and rehabilitation, also prepare life care plans focusing on the future healthcare needs of a client.
We do not use life care plans in all cases. Life care plans are typically used when it is necessary to provide the for the client's needs shown above. A life care plan can be an effective tool in quantifying the client's future needs for an insurance adjuster or a jury.
If you have any questions about how life care plans work or your Florida accident, injury, nursing home or medical malpractice case, you can call me directly on my cell phone at (352) 267-9168 or fill out the internet consultation form on the right.