Many of our more serious cases require a life care planner.
A life care planner is an expert witness, usually a doctor or nurse or combination of the two, who sets out the likely care that you’ll need for the rest of your life. It can include things such as surgeries, physical therapy, follow up doctor care, and accommodations (walkers, shower stools, etc as applicable) that you will need.
The life care planner then estimates the costs of this care throughout your life.
Life care planners are very useful because they can give you a holistic view of your injuries and prognosis that covers a number of different disciplines. In the non-litigation world, these experts are often seen as case managers — coordinating your care among the different types of doctors that you have to see.
The downside of life care planners is that, like other experts, they can be extremely expensive. Before hiring one, we’ll have to make a decision about whether the expense can be justified.