What Is Included in a Catastrophic Injury Life Care Plan?
An injury to the spine, spinal cord or brain – or one that causes a lasting loss of function or disability – is often called a “catastrophic injury.” A catastrophic injury changes the victim’s life, often including the ability to earn a living and to perform other daily life functions. It affects the victim’s family as well.
Because of the permanent nature of many catastrophic injuries, victims must look to future needs regarding medical care, rehabilitation and, in some cases, personal assistance and modifications to the home and vehicles. A forward-looking plan for these needs is known as a catastrophic injury life-care plan.
Developing a workable catastrophic injury life-care plan requires a deep understanding of medical care, rehabilitation and case management, including their application to the individual patient’s injury and needs, and their costs and availability.
The Abelson Personal Injury Law Firm seeks justice for victims who have suffered traumatic brain injuries (TBI), spinal cord injuries, paralysis, serious burns and other catastrophic personal injuries in the Washington DC metro area. We help them and their families obtain compensation for their medical expenses and other losses.
We consult professionals to develop life-care plans that outline projections for our clients’ medical and financial needs into the future.
Contact us today online or by phone to discuss your claim with a lawyer and find out how we can help you. The consultation is free and comes with no strings attached.
Comprehensive, Forward-Looking Life-Care Planning
Every life-care plan for a catastrophic injury victim must be a customized evaluative report developed for the individual and his or her family. It requires analysis of medical records and the patient’s treatment and prognosis, as well as consideration of the goals, needs and interests of the patient and the family.
The actual life-care plan is a comprehensive report that works as a case-management tool for delivering the patient’s long-term medical, psychological and rehabilitation care and lifestyle requirements. A properly prepared life-care plan outlines recommendations and documents the expected costs of the patient’s needs over the course of the patient’s expected lifespan.
Depending on the specific injury and other factors, a life-care plan may include recommendations for the current and future provision of:
- Medical and psychological testing and assessment.
- Medical examination and treatment needs and schedules.
- Rehabilitative therapy (physical, vocational, occupational).
- Psychological therapy and counseling.
- Medical supplies.
- Home- or facility-based care.
- Orthotics or prosthetics.
- Adaptive devices (walker, wheelchair, hospital bed, etc.), including maintenance and replacement schedules.
- Home architectural and furnishing adaptations (ramps, wider doorways, lavatory renovations, etc.).
- Transportation adaptation or assistance.
- In-home aides and personal assistance.
- Potential sources of care, medication, supplies, equipment, etc.
- Support groups and other available resources.
Preparing a Fundable, Usable Life-Care Plan
Development of a catastrophic injury life-care plan involves the work of medical, social work, rehabilitation and psychology professionals; a life-care planner; and an economic expert who can forecast probable costs.
A life-care plan that is properly drawn and funded will ensure a catastrophic injury victim and his or her family are financially secure as they deal with a shattering disability. In personal injury litigation, the defendant’s insurance company will usually deploy its own experts to challenge a plan’s findings and, most importantly, its costs.
This is why an experienced personal injury attorney who can organize the experts required to draw up a proper life-care plan and then defend it is crucial to the future of a catastrophic injury victim and his or her family.
Michael A. Abelson and the Abelson Personal Injury Law Firm have more than 30 years of experience providing successful legal representation to catastrophic injury victims in the Washington DC area. Our legal team has the experience and expertise, as well as the professional relationships with experts in the medical and financial-planning fields, to help secure justice and fair compensation for those who have been seriously hurt by the wrongful acts of others.
Contact an Experienced Catastrophic Injury Lawyer in Washington DC
The goal at the Abelson Personal Injury Law Firm is to ensure that our clients receive the maximum compensation available to recover from or cope with serious injuries. This includes working to develop comprehensive, accurate and defendable life-care plans for catastrophic injury victims and their families in the Washington DC area.
Please contact the Abelson Personal Injury Law Firm online or by phone for a free consultation if you are dealing with a catastrophic injury in your family. We seek justice for people in situations like yours.