California Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers
Life Care Plan
Spinal cord injury cases necessitate the retention of a life care planner.
This specialist is taxed with the obligation to coordinate with all of
the plaintiff’s treating physicians in order a clear medically probable
future care plan is developed.
Recognizing that omission of medically necessary treatment can, and will,
shorten the expected life of a spinal cord injury victim, the life care
planner must exhaustively work with the plaintiff and plaintiff’s
appropriate medical specialists in order to put together an appropriate
plan for medical services throughout the expected life of the plaintiff.
Given that medical expenses have historically grown exponentially, it is
within the area of future medical care and life care planning that defendants
will hedge their liability “bets”, with forecasts of shortened
life expectancy. Necessarily, where a defendant can shorten the exposure
for future care costs, the defendant (and insurance company) benefits
The life care planner should be prepared to justify, where possible, the
expected length of the care plan itself. Benefits of each item of care
must be discussed with the jury.
Again, as with wage loss, a forensic economist must take the findings of
the life care plan, and place a value on the services, taking into account
medical rates of inflation. The future payment stream is likewise relegated
to present value for benefit of judge and jury.
If you or someone you know has suffered a spinal cord injury or serious
injury to the spine, you need the assistance of the Scarlett Law Group.
Call (415) 688-2176 today to speak with a San Francisco personal injury attorney.