Life Care Planning
Legal Nurse Consulting
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling
Medical Case Management
Not all nurse consultants in the legal field are able to practice Life Care Planning, and not all Life Care Planners are nurses.
What is a Legal Nurse Consultant?
A legal nurse consultant reviews medical reports, researches literature, correlates the medical record with the allegations of malpractice, product liability, auto liability, workers' compensation and third party involvement. We provide the attorney with potential costs of services such as anticipated surgery.
What is a Life Care Plan?
A Life Care Plan is an innovative and comprehensive multidisciplinary approach which systematically documents the needs of a catastrophically injured person. It projects costs of needed goods and services over the person’s lifetime. A Life Care Plan generally consists of a narrative describing the medical history and the events leading to the need for a Life Care Plan and a section of costs related to the injury in today’s dollars. Because I am a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, my Life Care Plans may also include past lost wages and future loss of earning capacity. The Life Care Plan is a working document which may require periodic updating.
The cost of a Life Care Plan varies from a couple of thousand dollars up to eight or ten thousand dollars depending on the comprehensiveness of the case and need for trial testimony. The value of a Life Care Plan is immense, often making the difference between an unsatisfying low settlement or jury verdict to a more reasonable settlement or verdict. Most importantly, the Life Care Planner serves as an educator to the arbitration panel or jury. Once the implications of the injury can be understood, the triers of fact can make the most reasoned decisions.
Life Care Planners do not assume decision-making beyond the scope of our own professional discipline. We must be able to understand health care and rehabilitation needs, have personal clinical knowledge and practice, be able to identify resources for the individual, be consistent and objective, and be able to critically analyze and manage large volumes of information.
Once the Life Care Planner has reported costs, duration, and frequency of various items, an economist may provide costs reflecting inflation.
Medical Vocational Planning assists with incidents and injuries including, but not limited to the following:
- birth injury
- wrongful death
- shaken baby/child
- multiple trauma i.e. from airplane, helicopter and other motor vehicle crashes
- medical malpractice
- defective products