Ottawa Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer: What is a Life Care Plan?

OTTAWA PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER – If your Ottawa spinal cord injury lawyer is pursuing a claim for compensation on your behalf following a spinal cord injury or other serious injury, they will probably obtain a life care plan, also known as a future care costs report.

A life care plan is a report prepared by a certified life care planner that documents your likely future medical and rehabilitation needs and costs as a result of your spinal cord injury or other serious or catastrophic injury.  In addition to being a certified life care planner, the person preparing the report is usually a health care professional– often a nurse or occupational therapist.

Life care reports are used when someone has suffered a serious personal injury in an accident. Life care plans are usually requested by your spinal cord injury lawyer in order to calculate how much money would be needed to meet all of your needs that have arisen as a result of the accident.    The life care planner provides a report calculating forcasted annual expenses which can then be extrapolated into a lifetime financial needs calculation.

Life care plans are a useful tool at mediation.   In the case of a car accident causing the spinal cord injury, life care plans can assist in the negotiation of a settlement of your statutory accident benefit claim.    The reports can also be advanced as evidence at trial to assist the judge or jury to determine the amount of your damages.

The selection of a skilled life care planner is very important.  The life care planner needs to understand how personal injury law applies in Ontario.   Your Ottawa spinal cord injury lawyer should select a life care planner who will be balanced and knowledgeable in calculating your needs.

Have you or someone close to you received a spinal cord injury from an Ontario accident? A top personal injury lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve from insurance companies. For more information, contact the Ottawa injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth by email [email protected] or by phone at (613) 233-4529.

About the Author: Brenda Hollingsworth

Brenda Hollingsworth co-founded Ottawa’s Auger Hollingsworth in 2005 with her husband Richard Auger. Together, their mission was to create a personal injury law firm for Eastern Ontario that is unrivalled in the province for customer service and legal expertise. Brenda was named an Ottawa Business Journal Forty Under 40 award recipient and took home the Women’s Business Network’s Businesswoman of the Year award in the Professional category. She was also recognized as one of Ottawa Life Magazine’s “Top 50 People in the Capital.” She is often quoted as an expert and has appeared in media outlets such as CTV, The Globe and Mail, National Post, Ottawa Citizen, Sun Media, CBC, Toronto Star, Montreal Gazette, CFRA and many legal publications.

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