Are you representing a client who was severely injured in a car accident, and needs assistance with medical care and day-to-day life activities? Do you have a client who is permanently disabled after a serious work accident and is concerned about being able to get by on the disability benefits she receives? Are you an elder care lawyer who is representing family members who seek to take care of their loved one’s current and future medical care needs, maintain their quality of life, and preserve the family’s financial picture? Are you involved in estate planning with a client who has special medical needs? Do you need to represent a disabled client in court or before the Social Security Administration?
With all of those client scenarios – and many more – you will find that you can greatly benefit from reaching out to an expert in life care planning. Indeed, the services we provide include life care planning for lawyers who have clients with the above life care needs.
In this article, we will discuss in more detail the basics of what a life care plan is, what services a life care plan includes, and of course the type of clients who need life care planning the most. If you have additional questions about incorporating life care plans into your legal practice after reviewing this article, we invite you to contact us at Occupational Assessment Services, Inc. – OAS. We can provide life care planning for lawyers.
We are one of the most experienced employability and life care planning firms in the United States. To discuss your case, call us at 1-800-292-1919, contact us at a location near you, or through our online form.
What is a Life Care Plan and How Can Your Clients Benefit?
A life care plan, developed by a life care planning expert, organizes, and prioritizes all aspects of a person’s care. That includes the client’s financial picture, in which a professional life care planner can provide those public benefits for which an elderly or disabled client may qualify. It also includes the client’s physical and mental health, such as services and devices needed to ensure a client’s safety, wellbeing, and quality of life.
In short, a life care plan has three main purposes:
- Find private and public sources to cover the cost of a client’s current medical care and long-term care.
- Ensure that your client’s quality of life is maintained by assisting with his or her living conditions or finding an appropriate residential facility if necessary.
- Work with a client’s family members so they feel comfortable that their loved one is getting the right care in a timely way.
What Services Are Included in Life Care Planning?
Experienced life care planners can help your clients with many aspects of their lives, including:
- Care coordination – a person dealing with a serious injury, catastrophic disability, or the more common aspects of old age, can benefit from the simple coordination of services that a life care planner can provide.
- Advocacy in and out of court – a life care planner will be a valuable resource to your case whether it is advocating for safe, patient-centered health care from a hospital to providing expert testimony in court.
- Public assistance support – life care planning includes assistance to your client with issues involving Medicare and other insurance matters.
What Type of Clients Would Benefit from Life Care Planning?
Bringing in the assistance of a life care planner is beneficial for elderly clients who are dealing with chronic illness, the effects of aging, or particular ailments such as a stroke, dementia, or Alzheimer’s disease. Life care planners are also instrumental in helping your clients who suffer from a disability, or who became disabled due to a serious personal injury.
It is highly recommended that you include a life care planner whenever representing someone who suffers from a cognitive illness or is developmentally disabled.
In sum, any client that you may have who is dealing with particular difficulties in coordinating medical care, and who may qualify for public benefits that require time and resources to find.
Here are some examples of when it is the right time to get life care planning professional on board in your case:
- A single serious incident, like a fall, a car accident, or a medical mistake.
- When a client is diagnosed with a serious disease or chronic medical issue.
- If a client is found to be unable to care for himself or herself.
- When a client’s primary caregiver becomes unavailable or is suffering from burnout.
Overall, as an attorney, you have many constraints on your time, and too much to do in the time you have. If you have a client who is suffering from serious medical and financial challenges due to personal injury, disability, or the effects of old age, then getting the help of a life care planner is invaluable to your practice.
OAS Provides Life Care Planning for Lawyers, Call For More Information
The experts at Occupational Assessment Services, Inc. (OAS) have over forty years of experience documenting the income potential and employment capacity of those with wrongful termination cases, as well as with the underemployed, unemployed, and disabled spouses in many types of cases
OAS specializes in working with the plaintiff or defense attorney to assist in objectively documenting the economics in a case. From the initial referral to the trial testimony, OAS works with the retaining attorney so that the vocational assessment of the case can be objectively and efficiently presented.
We strongly believe in the importance of a clear and understandable presentation of the facts. OAS is the leading provider of Vocational Expert and Life Care Planning Services for Plaintiff and Defense attorneys.
The company specializes in assisting attorneys in evaluating earning capacity in divorce cases and documenting the damages in cases where an individual has been severely injured by providing objective findings on how the injuries affect a persons’ ability to work and earn money, as well as the cost of care required in catastrophic injuries.
OAS is your Vocational Expert & Life Care Planner Nationwide, with offices in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Nevada, and California.
Occupational Assessment Services, Inc. is one of the most experienced employability and life care planning firms in the United States. To discuss your case, call us at 1-800-292-1919, contact us at a location near you, or through our online form.