Catastrophic Injury Victims May Need a Life Care Plan Expert
When someone is catastrophically injured, damages are often the cost of both past and expected future medical expenses, as well as non-economic damages, such as anxiety, loss of quality of enjoyment of life, or pain and suffering. But for those in the worst of accidents, there is also another measure of damages: The amount that will be needed to accommodate someone’s lifestyle that has been altered by a catastrophic accident.
Long Term Injuries
Take, for example, someone who is permanently brain damaged as a result of an accident. Future lifetime expenses may be the cost of an at-home nursing or living aid, costs of alternative private schooling, and the lost income from a lifetime in a profession in which the victim will no longer be able to work. Major physical and mental injuries may also require modifications to one’s home or vehicles.
We often don’t consider how disabilities affect victims long term, and the accommodations that they may need. Someone with a brain injury may not be able to smell smoke in their home, remember if they turned on the stove, or tell if food in the refrigerator is spoiled. As a result, they may never be able to be in a home by themselves unattended.
The Life Care Plan
How does a victim go about gathering the evidence needed to calculate what costs of lifelong care will be? This is done by using a life care plan (LCP), which is prepared for and explained in court by an expert witness. An LCP can show what the victim’s needs will be not just in the near future, but in the far future. In some cases, an LCP will have to demonstrate what will be needed, and the costs of those needs, into adulthood when the victim is just a minor. The LCP will also account for things like inflation, or anticipated rising costs for the things that the victim may need.
An LCP and the LCP expert must provide the jury information from a variety of viewpoints. Knowledge of what home renovations cost, what in-home nursing may cost, or what anticipated surgeries may cost years in the future are all required of experts who explain LCPs to juries.
To get a picture of what the needs are for a specific victim, an LCP will often interview families and the victim. A victim’s family and surroundings will be considered. For example, someone with 4 brothers or sisters may need less money allocated to in-home medical care than someone who is an only child, or a spouseless adult. Getting needed services and medicines may be more expensive for someone living in a small rural community, than someone in an urban area with a lot of choices.
A good injury attorney doesn’t just prepare for the immediate medical needs, but the long term ones. That may require a broad team of experts to paint a complete picture of damages to a jury. An expert presenting a LCP to a jury can be a vital and valuable asset.
Make sure that you have the experts that you need to take your injury case to court if necessary. Contact the Miami personal injury attorneys at Jacobs Legal in Miami today if you are injured in any kind of accident.