As an attorney, you work hard to represent your clients to the best of your ability. You may represent the plaintiff or the defendant in cases involving personal injury in which your client suffered catastrophic disabling injuries.
The issue of obtaining the proper financial compensation for your client may be compounded if your client lives outside the United States. In cases such as these, you will need assistance in getting expert advice from specially trained rehabilitation consultants known as “life care planners.”
At Occupational Assessment Services, Inc., our life care planning experts understand your client’s injuries, we understand personal injury damages, and we have the expertise in the damages and losses that can occur to your client.
If, after reading this article, you have additional questions about how our vocational expert or life care planners in New Jersey can assist you with your own cases, please contact us at Occupational Assessment Services, Inc. (OAS). We have served as life care planners and vocational experts in a variety of cases.
We are one of the most experienced employability and life care planning firms in the United States. To discuss your case, please call us at 1-800-292-1919 or contact us through our online form.
What Are Life Care Planners?
Just as the name implies, a life care planner will create a life care plan for your client. This plan will include a detailed description of all your client’s injuries and special damages your client suffered, what disablement may be anticipated in the future, and the future and present monetary costs associated with your client’s care.
When formulating a life plan, our experts will deal in real dollar figures, and not just make a guess. This will allow the jury in your client’s case to understand exactly what your client’s needs are now, and well into the future.
As a result, a life care planner can make your job easier because it strengthens your case and enhances the settlement figures regarding your client’s future needs.
The need for life care planners is quickly becoming an emerging field of expertise. In the past, as an attorney, you may have consulted underwriters. However, underwriters can only give an opinion based upon similar or past cases. This means that the needs of your individual’s specific needs were often being overlooked.
How Does A Life Care Planner Arrive at the Proper Monetary Amount That Your Client Needs?
Our life care planners in New Jersey use specific software, in a distinct format, to analyze and outline the needs of your individual client.
The life plan for your client may include, but is not limited to:
1. Architectural Modifications to Client’s Home
2. Assistive Technology
3. Attendant Requirements
4. Drug and Medical Supply Needs
5. Educational Needs
6. Home or Residential Care
7. Independent Functioning Aids
8. Mobility Requirements
9. Occupational Needs
10. Projected Evaluations
11. Projected Therapeutic Modalities
12. Psychiatric Needs
13. Recreational Needs
14. Transportation Requirements
Simply put, the life planner, based on current and up-to-date knowledge, will itemize everything your disabled client may need during their lifetime and devise a plan that is specific to the individual’s needs.
Additionally, our New Jersey life care planners will look at a work capacity assessment. This is important because it determines your client’s employability and in turn becomes the foundation of your client’s vocational assessment.
How Are the Costs Determined?
Establishing the proper costs is a two-step process.
The first step involves a monetary amount that will compensate the disabled individual for their actual loss and include all foreseeable expenses determined in current dollars.
Secondly, an economic damage evaluation will be completed to determine the present and future value of your client’s damages. In this process, future cost increases are easily seen, met, and understood.
What if the Disabled Individual is a Foreign Individual?
If your client is a foreign individual, our life planners in New Jersey will consult with experts in their home country to determine the real cost of their present and future damages.
If your plaintiff is a United States citizen or a foreign individual, obtaining a life care plan for your client will strengthen your case by giving you a realistic settlement amount.
Additionally, our accredited life care planning experts can testify in court as an expert witness, or work with you as a consultant to assist you in formulating your strongest argument.
If you are representing the defendant, a life care planner can advise you on what records to request and the proper reports to use to rebut a plaintiff’s case. A life care planner could also testify as an expert witness who can dispute the need for some of the items and services requested and the demand for unnecessarily high settlements.
Let the Experts at OAS Provide the Information You Need to Get Appropriate Compensation for Your Clients Who Are Foreign Individuals.
The experts at Occupational Assessment Services, Inc. (OAS) have over forty years of experience documenting the income potential and employment capacity of disabled individuals in many types of cases.
OAS specializes in working with the plaintiff or defense attorneys 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 life care plan of the case can be objectively and efficiently presented.
OAS has served as experts on many multimillion-dollar outcomes including a record-setting $102 million verdict in a NY catastrophic injury case. Through objective consulting, analysis, and vocational testing, we specialize in assisting attorneys in documenting damages.
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.
We also specialize in evaluating earning capacity in divorce cases and documenting the damages in cases where an individual has been severely injured. We provide 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.