When Is a Life Care Plan Assessment Recommended?
If a person has recently experienced a life-altering accident or catastrophic injury that impairs their activities of living without some sort of assistance, a life care plan in NYC may be a viable solution to better assist the plaintiff or defense attorney when determining the long term medical needs cost to the plaintiff and thus the case determining damages.
What a life care plan consists of is divided into seven different parts. According to Edmond Provder, a vocational expert with Occupational Assessment Services Inc., these parts usually include: a document review, a home visit, a Life Care Plan interview, an assessment as to the impact of the person’s injuries on their daily activities, an objectively detailed assessment of their needs, and local medical research as to the cost of required items in the client´s geographical area. The Life Care Plan also includes an Employability and Loss of Earning Capacity evaluation. Some of the required items might include a home modifications, mobility devices such as a wheelchair or 24-hour nursing care.
Life Care Plans in NYC are recommended to anyone who has a catastrophic injury and receives home care assistance from a family member or nursing agency. The detailed analysis can help the plaintiff or defense attorney demonstrate how drastically the client’s daily life has been impacted due to their injuries.
One of the most helpful parts of this evaluation from a vocational expert in NYC is the Loss of Earning Capacity analysis. This expert can effectively determine how a person’s employability will be affected by their injuries and how much money they are able to earn if any into the future. This is very important when it comes to determining damages in a personal injury case and how much an insurance company or defendant will be responsible for once the case is finalized.
Provder explains that these services are available to adults, as well as children. Assessing the earning capacity of a child can be somewhat more challenging, but not impossible. “It is very difficult to project with 100% degree of certainty that a child could not perform a specific job, but a determination can be made regarding the injured child’s future earning capacity when they become an adult. An opinion is reached within a “reasonable degree of probability or certainty” as to the loss of earning capacity caused by a particular injury to a child.”
Whether you have sustained a moderate or severe injury from an accident, if this has permanently affected the individual ability to function at home, then a comprehensive life care plan is an important option to assist in proving the case damages.
For more information for vocational and life care plans in NYC, contact Edmond Provder directly at Occupational Assessment Services, Inc. for a personal consultation.
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