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Motor vehicle accidents, construction accidents, unsafe premises and defective products can cause catastrophic injuries with long-term or permanent disabling effects, such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, or amputation of a limb. When a personal injury causes a life-long disability, a life care plan is often developed to serve as a roadmap for the injured person and his or her family or caregiver. A life care planning attorney can assist you with setting up your life care plan. The life care plan starts with a thorough understanding of the particular diagnosis and potential future complications and proceeds to detail what will be required to deal with these medical issues over the predicted life expectancy of the individual.
It is hard to imagine all the additional costs associated with a catastrophic injury. Besides the considerable expenses required for ongoing health care, there are housing and transportation issues and vocational rehabilitation that will be necessary just to function on a daily basis. A life care plan helps by bringing all these diverse issues into one document that can be useful to the individual throughout life. This document can also be extremely important in achieving an appropriate settlement or financial recovery that appropriately compensates the victim of negligence or misconduct for all of the damages caused.
A life care plan may be developed by a certified life care planner or nurse who specializes in this area. A plan may also be developed by or in consultation with a neurologist, physiatrist, or occupational therapist familiar with the patient or the type of case involved. Economists and actuaries may also be consulted to properly estimate and project expected costs over a lifetime. The main areas normally addressed in a life care plan typically include the following:
A life care planning attorney experienced in representing victims of catastrophic injuries can provide further information regarding life care plans. Contact Leandros A. Vrionedes, P.C. for a free consultation with an experienced New York personal injury attorney.