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How Do We Use A Life Care Plan In A Florida Injury or Medical Malpractice Case?

Posted by Guy DiMartino | Mar 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

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;
  • orthotics;
  • prosthetics.

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.

About the Author

Guy DiMartino

I have loved helping people in need for almost three decades.  It has been my privilege to serve people as their pastor, chiropractor, and lawyer.  The current focus of my legal practice and life’s passion is helping the seriously injured receive complete compensation for their injuries. I am a Florida Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney. What that really means is that I am no stranger to the courtroom.  I have successfully tried and handled serious cases in state and federal courts.  My backgrounds in both law and chiropractic medicine have given me a unique perspective, extensive knowledge, and wide experience to serve those I represent. For years as a chiropractic physician, I treated my patients to alleviate their pain and suffering. Now as their lawyer, I fight to bring them financial compensation for their pain and suffering. During my years of service, I have handled many traumatic injury cases ranging from the traumatic amputation of a limb to brain and spinal cord injury.  I consider it an honor to serve you and your family. When a person entrusts me and I accept to represent them, I don’t take that relationship and responsibility lightly. My approach is that we work as a team. We are partners and our goal is the best outcome for you and your family with the highest level of communication throughout. I am always available by phone or email to discuss my potential representation of your injury case. I handle cases throughout Florida. Education: National University of Health Sciences – BS (1984), DC (1986) Valparaiso University School of Law – JD, summa cum laude (1999) Bar Admissions: Florida (2000), Indiana (1999), Illinois (2000, expired); US District Courts of Appeals (11th Circuit, 7th Circuit); United States District Courts: Southern and Middle Districts of Florida; Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana; Northern and Central Districts of Illinois; and District of Colorado. Certification:  Civil Trial, Florida Bar Guy DiMartino on Google+ – Circle Guy on Google+ Guy DiMartino on Google+


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