Need to Know: Life Care Plans

If you or a loved one has suffered from a catastrophic injury, you need to understand what a life care plan is and how it impacts the rest of your life. Whether you’ve suffered from a severe burn, lost a limb or sustained a brain or spinal cord injury, a comprehensive, detailed life care plan can be the most important document that virtually and realistically determines the quality of the rest of your life.

What is a Life Care Plan?

A life care plan is basically a document that outlines the future needs and costs for a person who has suffered from some type of catastrophic injury. A catastrophic injury, by its very nature, leaves patients with long-term debilitating symptoms and after effects. It’s not the type of injury that heals in a few days, weeks or months, and you go back to your normal life. A catastrophic injury leaves patients with lifelong impacts that need to be taken into account and planned for.

What’s included in a Life Care Plan?

Listed below are just a few of the important topics that a comprehensive life care plan includes. Each catastrophic injury is different, and each life is different, so you can discuss the details of your life care plan with you attorney and your doctor.

What a Detailed Life Care Plan Includes
  • Projected lifetime costs associated with an injury
  • Projected therapeutic methods
  • Medications
  • Evaluations
  • Medical supply needs
  • Wheelchair and mobility needs
  • Orthopedic equipment needs
  • Transportation
  • Home care needs
  • In-patient facility needs
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Prosthetic needs
  • Home furnishing and accommodation needs
  • Home renovations to improve function and safety
  • Projected surgical treatments
  • Projected medical care
  • Independence needs
  • Quality of life needs
Other Costs Included in a Life Care Plan

A skilled catastrophic injury attorney knows that medical costs are just a portion, albeit large, of the expenses and lifetime costs associated with a catastrophic injury. He or she will also be sure to include costs associated with inflation of medical care and devices. A lifetime of lost wages and the pain and suffering associated with a catastrophic injury will also be evaluated and included in a comprehensive life care plan. Typically, you only get one shot to recover compensation that determines how the rest of your life plays out, so a competent and experienced personal injury lawyer with demonstrated catastrophic injury case experience is essential.

Costs Associated with a Catastrophic Injury
  • Initial hospitalization
  • Emergency treatment
  • Emergency transportation
  • Surgical procedures
  • Intensive care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Nursing care
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Prosthetics
  • Loss of wages
  • Loss of future wages
  • Home renovations
  • Transportation
  • Institutional care
  • Home care
  • Doctor’s visits
  • Medical devices and equipment
  • Mobility devices and equipment
Catastrophic Injuries and the Need for Life Care Plans

Unlike other less-severe injuries, a catastrophic injury leaves a long term, lifelong impact on a victim’s future. A well thought out life care plan can mean the difference between a comfortable quality of life and difficult future dealing with a catastrophic injury. Without a life care plan, unforeseen future medical expenses can blindside victims and their families. The absolute importance and necessity of a well-thought-out, detailed life care plan cannot be overstated. Determining an appropriate life care plan is also the first step in recovering damages for your catastrophic injury.

Patient Evaluation

The first part of any life care planning begins with patient evaluation. During this time, it will be necessary to determine and predict the long-term impacts of the particular injury. Depending upon the level of disability, patients may need lifelong home care or institutionalized care in a specialized facility. Depending upon the injury, a patient may need ongoing occupational therapies and long-term rehabilitation programs. Patients who have suffered from severe burns might need future medical care and surgical procedures for pain and scarring. Each catastrophic injury is different, and each patient is different. Patient evaluation lays the foundation of any good life care plan.

Speaking with an Experienced Catastrophic Injury Attorney

A personal injury attorney with catastrophic injury experience can help you get your life care plan together and be your advocate as you begin to put your life back together. A life care plan is one of the most important components of a catastrophic injury lawsuit. If comprehensive, detailed and well thought out, a life care plan can help you move on, gain independence and have a better quality of life after your catastrophic injury. If you or a loved one has been catastrophically injured due to somebody else’s negligence, contact the skilled team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (877) 231-1600 for a free case consultation today.

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