Life care plans can be developed by a variety of health care professionals. At ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd., we will engage the services of experts with medical backgrounds, especially in the long term care of patients with permanent disability, brain injury, mental handicap, spinal cord injury and paralysis.
Registered nurses, legal nurse consultants and certified vocational counselors are the most common professionals who seek certification as life care planners. Herndon Reston area injury lawyer Doug Landau has had teams work up a Life Care Plan, and often, after the medical experts reach a consensus, he will hire an economics expert to calculate present value and income stream needs. In other words, the treating health care providers records and input will be carefully studied. Then, the certified life care planner will put together the information from the treating sources together with predicted needs, costs and frequencies. The economics expert will then take these figures and extrapolate lifetime costs, present value and the income necessary to provide for these lifetime medical expenditures. One of the reasons that trials in traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and permanent disability cases takes so long is that each of these experts must be qualified to the satisfaction of the court, then given an opportunity to explain the foundations for their work, and then and only then, can they give their opinions “to within a reasonable degree of certainty.”