Life Care Planning for Birth Injury Lawsuit
Many families who file a cerebral palsy civil suit require a life care plan to provide the economic loss projections they will endure over the child's lifetime. Did a birth injury disable your child? Are you confused about the red tape, or is the doctor reluctant to reveal what caused your child's injuries?
The personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC can evaluate your case and initiate a free investigation. Call our birth injury law office at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or through the contact form today to schedule a free consultation.
Life Care Planning and Vocational Rehabilitation
Provisions must be made for any person suffering a life-altering injury to ensure that their current and future medical needs are provided in the decades ahead. Medical experts and professionals specializing in life care planning and vocational rehabilitation can ensure that the victim and family members have adequate funds for future expenses and complications.
Personal injury attorneys and medical professionals can provide life care planning to those who have suffered permanent injuries and may not be able to care for themselves, requiring some form of assisted care for the remainder of their lives.
Planners are trained to develop and help execute most life care plans encompassing all aspects of the victim's needs, including hospital discharges, doctor appointments, occupational or physical therapy, economic planning, revisions to their homes, and acquiring the equipment necessary for their long-term needs.
Life care plans provide valuable information on the financial costs of birth injuries due to medical negligence that can add up quickly. In addition, the family must often pay to modify the home and vehicles to meet their child's needs, including adaptive equipment, durable medical devices, and toys.
The life care report can establish the foundation of the amount of compensation required for medical treatment, assistance, and other needs that last a lifetime. Additionally, during the child's growth, development, and maturing years, they will require access to the best education at an appropriate school environment based on their learning goals and assistance needs.
Building a Life Care Plan
Most reports include a list of the individual's medical records and other necessary documents to prepare the life care plan. In addition, some reports include expert witness testimony that would be used at trial or resolving the case through a negotiated settlement.
The certified planner might be a nurse or other medical expert who works in specific subsets like case management. The plan may also include a list of medications the child with the birth injury will require for lifelong care.
In many cases, the plan will serve as a crucial part of the case's evidence to determine the amount of financial compensation to demand in a birth injury claim.
Nearly all physicians and nurses carry medical malpractice insurance to pay for any medical mistakes that led to a birth injury.
Medical Malpractice Attorneys for Birth Injury Lawsuits and Life Care Planning
Were you, a family member, or a child harmed by a birth injury? You can file a medical malpractice claim to begin the process of obtaining financial compensation for future medical care and assistance.
Successfully resolving birth injury lawsuits can hold medical care professionals responsible for their failure to uphold the standard of care required by their state boards.
Contact our legal team today to schedule a free consultation for immediate legal advice. Learn more about how you can obtain financial compensation for the child's injury and the needed medical care, along with non-economic damages.
When Life Care Planning is Required
Sometimes the burden of caring for a family member who has been harmed in a horrible accident or during birth due to medical malpractice is too much to handle without the assistance of a trained life care planner.
The types of injuries or accidents that may require life planning or home care include, but are not limited to the following.
Caring for a paralyzed family member is extremely expensive and requires much foresight and planning. Revisions must be made to the person's home if they choose to remain there to make it wheelchair accessible, and special equipment may be required to meet each individual's medical needs.
Provisions must be provided for wheelchair-accessible vehicles and other implements to allow someone who has been paralyzed to live as independently as possible. The average lifetime total cost of caring for a loved one who has been paralyzed ranges between $1 million and $5 million, depending on the age at the time of injury.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Injuries that have resulted in severe brain damage can impair the victims' cognitive and motor functions. In addition, their ability to concentrate or communicate may be compromised.
Depending on the injury and severity of the brain injury, those suffering from these injuries may require physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy.
A Birth Defect or Injury at the Time of Birth
Injuries resulting in conditions such as cerebral palsy, Erb's palsy, mental retardation, congenital disabilities, and developmental disorders place the affected children in a state of need for most of their lives due to their physical disability.
Throughout their early years, they may require continuous physical therapy, occupational therapy, tutoring, and educational assistance, speech therapy, and access to equipment such as braces or crutches, as well as other medical expenses.
In some cases, children born with congenital disabilities or injury at birth must undergo multiple surgeries and be placed on medications for their entire lives. Therefore, life care planning is crucial for managing their care correctly.
Loss of Limb
It can be challenging to adjust to a lifestyle without the missing limb after losing an appendage in an accident requiring an amputation. In some cases, the victim may need assistance with tasks we take for granted, like getting dressed or washing.
People who have suffered these types of injuries must have access to the assistance they need and coping mechanisms established through counseling or therapy.
The Role of a Life Care Planner
In short, a life care planner makes sure that all aspects of your loved one's care are managed and executed correctly.
Many life care plans to treat life-changing injuries require so many forms of care that it is easy to get lost in and overlook things that must be done. A life care planner will help with the following.
- Planning the end of a hospital stay, including determining where they will be transported to when discharged, must identify whether they will be best cared for at home or in a nursing facility.
- Scheduling and coordinating any medical treatment or therapy sessions – catastrophic injuries often require care from numerous professional experts and doctors, and it isn't easy to coordinate treatment without an organized life care plan in place to ensure that your loved one is scheduled to meet with their doctors and therapists when required.
- Ensuring that your loved one's living space accommodates their particular needs, including making your home wheelchair accessible if needed, must include access to all the equipment you need like oxygen tanks or other supplies.
- Arranging transportation when needed is necessary to ensure your loved one has access to a wheelchair-accessible vehicle if applicable.
- Scheduling appointments with educational services such as a speech therapist, occupational therapist, or tutor is necessary for their healing and personal growth.
- Filling out and filing forms is often necessary for treatment plans that require visits with numerous specialists and experts, usually generating large stacks of paperwork. Incorrectly filing paperwork can result in financial hardship if benefits are denied, or you lose access to financial assistance as a result.
- Managing economic factors is a primary responsibility of certified life care planners, who will assess and make necessary accommodations to budget and provide for expenses so that all your loved one's medical bills are paid, and needed medical care is provided for in the future.
A life care planner is trained to develop an integrated plan that identifies specific costs for the services and items the family requires.
Life Care Planning for a Birth Injury FAQs
Our attorneys understand that many people have unanswered questions about finding financial compensation and speaking directly to an insurance company over a birth injury. A medical malpractice attorney has answered some of those questions below.
For additional information, contact our law office today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) or use the contact form. We represent clients in various practice areas, including birth injuries, medical malpractice, vehicle accidents, premises liability, property liability, and wrongful death.
What Does a Life Care Planner Do?
A life care planner receives special training to create a plan for individuals who have developed chronic health conditions or experience a catastrophic injury. The dynamic life care plan is based on research, data analysis, medical records, comprehensive assessment, and standards of practice that will meet all the injured party's current and future needs.
A part of the life care planners' duties includes evaluating people with chronic health conditions and disabilities to outline their immediate and future needs created by their disabilities.
How Much Does a Life Care Planner Cost?
Typically, a life care planner will charge anywhere between $5,000 and $20,000 for every civil suit. However, these charges are typically offset until the medical malpractice case has been resolved through a negotiated settlement or jury verdict.
Usually, attorneys use life care plans in high-end cases involving catastrophic events that left the victim harmed and needing future treatment, care, and assistance. Many of these cases involve TBIs (traumatic brain injuries), amputations, and trauma caused by medical malpractice.
Why is a Life Care Plan Added to a Lawsuit?
A personal injury attorney will commonly add a life care plan to the civil suit if their client has suffered a severe or permanent injury. The plan helps the plaintiff (injured party) calculate the claim's value, argue for fair compensation, and plan for the financial needs in the future.
The life care plan provides both sides (plaintiff and defendant) a detailed report of the victim's financial needs and ongoing expenses associated with their injury accident, medical malpractice injuries, or preventable congenital disability. The report accounts for the individual's entire financial circumstances, including nursing care, medical expenses, and the costs associated with daily living.
What are the Goals of a Life Care Plan?
Life care planners usually focus on three principal goals to help their clients secure adequate financial compensation to meet all of their financial needs and medical treatment now and in the future. These goals include:
- Ensuring that the injured party receives good care at home or outside the family residence,
- Providing valuable information to make decisions related to special needs and long-term care,
- Finding all the necessary sources to pay for medical bills, home assistants, and long-term care
Filing a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit for Birth Injuries
At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, our medical malpractice attorneys help all our personal injury clients with life-changing injuries obtain an expert life care planner to rest assured that they and their loved ones will not go without anything they need.
Our attorneys will obtain medical records and test results to build the case. We work with medical experts to file your possible medical malpractice lawsuit. You may need a special needs trust for the lifetime of care that would be paid for by a malpractice settlement or jury verdict.
If you or someone you love has been injured because of someone else's negligence, contact us to arrange a free consultation to learn more about your legal options and the services to help you on your path to physical and financial recovery.
Our lawyers only receive payment when they successfully secure compensation for our clients. If we do not win your case, our services will cost you nothing. All confidential or sensitive information you share with our law office will create an attorney-client relationship to ensure your privacy.
Many medical malpractice cases have already been resolved through million-dollar settlements to ensure families have sufficient financial compensation for providing all the treatment and caring their child requires.