UNDERSTANDING LONG-TERM MEDICAL NEEDS IN PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMSLast updated on: October 13, 2022
Unfortunately, countless individuals suffer from long-term medical problems following a personal injury every year. An accident with an 18-wheeler, for instance, may cause spinal cord damage, which, in turn, leaves the victim paralyzed. In these cases, life care plans become necessary to demonstrate the services the victim will need in the future.
If you or a loved one has been injured and have questions regarding long-term medical care, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863 5312 for your 100% free consultation. You will not pay us anything unless we are successful in winning your case.
Long-Term Care Needs After An Accident Injury
In a personal injury case, there are several sorts of damages that you typically can recover compensation for. Oftentimes, this may include future surgical needs or replacing medical devices.
There’s also past and future lost income, which is usually considered as lost earning capacity. In addition, there’s emotional trauma that you may suffer. If you have suffered an injury and require long-term care, you may be able to pursue compensation for your physical and emotional injuries.
Long-Term Care Is Defined In Accident Injury Cases
In most cases, long-term care is described as a general term that includes a variety of different services that another person or entity must provide when you are unable to do them yourself. This may include temporary or permanent services, such as pain management, bathing, feeding, and yard maintenance.
Legal Definition Of A Life Care Plan
A life care plan is a written plan which identifies the supplemental services that the individual expects in the future. This includes the person’s financial needs and expenses, such as medical care and cost of daily living. Ultimately, life care plans help the families of elderly or injured individuals face the challenges associated with chronic illness or disability.
Do I Need A Life Care Plan After An Accident?
If you have suffered serious or permanent injuries, you should retain a life care plan. These plans are crucial for handling your claim appropriately and ensuring that your physical and emotional needs are fully and fairly met.
Life Care Plan Model
Life Care plan models include the different types of expenses that a person may have after facing a personal injury accident or chronic disease. These models must take into consideration all the individual’s future needs, including:
- Medical bills
- Nursing care
- Household modifications
- Lost income
- Daily living expenses
- Medical supplies
- Projected life expectancy
An individual looking to create a plan should contact an experienced professional to properly develop it. If you or your loved one have any questions regarding life care plan models, contact Zinda Law Group today.
Life Care Plan Settlement
After preparing your life care plan, you will know the approximate value of your case based on your current and future needs. You may then use your life care plan to begin settlement negotiations to receive compensation for your medical needs and services.
It is important to understand the value of your claim, as settlement agreements are generally final. This means that once you are paid a settlement amount, you will likely be barred from changing the amount or re-arguing the case.
Use Your Plan As An Argument For Settlement
Your life care plan may also be used as an argument for settlement in your personal injury case. For instance, you may be able to use your life care plan to defend your specific demands regarding past and future medical costs. The other side may then see your plan as evidence for those medical bills and adjust their settlement amount accordingly. Ultimately, your life care plan may place you in a stronger negotiating position compared to where you would have been without it.
Your attorney at Zinda Law Group can help you use your plan as an argument for a fairer settlement agreement. Contact our team today to get started.
Plan Your Future
Life care plans allow you to plan for your future following an accident. Although you may be left scared and confused after a personal injury accident, having a life care plan can help put your mind at ease knowing that your future needs will be met.
For instance, a life care plan may include plans for moving into an assisted living facility, medical decisions, and comprehensive estate planning.
Submit Your Plan As Evidence In Court
Your life care plan may also be important evidence if your case goes to court.
Additionally, the expert who put together your plan may also be asked to testify as a witness. The expert may be asked to discuss the reasoning behind their conclusions and reasoning behind the details of the plan.
Common Types Of Long-Term Care Services After An Accident Injury
Long-term care services are provided to aid victims in their physical and emotional needs. As such, long-term care services are based on the individual’s specific needs. Some of these services may include:
- Management of pain
- Food preparation
- Transportation needs
- Occupational therapy
- Speech therapy
- Physical therapy
- Yard maintenance
Although the type and amount of long-term care services will depend on the facts of your case, many will come at a cost, especially if a third-party entity is involved, such as care centers.
Know The Approximate Value Of Your Case
Understanding the value of your case is extremely important when creating a life plan and when accepting a settlement amount. There are many different factors that may affect the value of your case. These factors include, but aren’t limited to, the type of injury sustained, past and future medical costs, and past and future medical treatments.
After being injured, contact a Zinda Law Group attorney to discuss the approximate value of your case. Our team can help investigate your accident, determine fault, and fight on your behalf through the entire legal process.
Need Help? Contact Zinda Law Group
Creating a life care plan can be a tedious and difficult process. Luckily, our team at Zinda Law Group is available 24/7 to discuss your case. Our personal injury attorneys have ample experience in this area and can help answer any questions you may have to help develop the perfect plan for you.
If you have been injured and have questions regarding life care plans, call a Zinda Law Group personal injury attorney today at (800) 863 5312 to set up your free initial consultation. You do not have to worry about paying us anything unless we are able to win you compensation in your case. That is our “No Win, No Fee Guarantee.”