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
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
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
) benefits economically.
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.
today to speak with a California Personal Injury Attorney.