Physician Life Care Planning, headquartered in San Antonio, is the nation’s largest provider of life care planning and damages valuation services.
With a nationwide team of over 80 board certified physician life care planners, vocational specialists, forensic economists, and financial analysts, we can help you formulate an injured person’s future medical damages, loss of earnings, and loss of household services.
Unlike non-physicians, our board certified physician life care planners possess the capacity to independently formulate and defend opinions regarding a person’s diagnostic conditions, disabilities, future medical requirements, and their associated costs.
Our uniquely qualified team of physicians and damages valuation experts, proprietary processes, range of services, speed, and scale deliver a product quality and customer experience that is unparalleled within our industry.
Types of Injuries that Commonly Require Life Care Plans in San Antonio
Life care plans effectively address both catastrophic, and non-catastrophic injuries.
A catastrophic injury is one that materially affects, or is anticipated to materially affect, a person’s ability to independently perform basic activities of daily living (ADLs). ADLs include ambulation, meal preparation and eating, grooming and personal hygiene, bowel and bladder management, medication management, communication abilities, etc.
A non-catastrophic injury is one which does not materially affect, or is not anticipated to materially affect a subject’s ability to independently perform basic activities of daily living; however, “non-catastrophic injuries” can be characterized by serious impairment, disability, and symptoms, which may be chronic in nature and may require lifelong medical care.
Common types of catastrophic injuries that require life care plans
- Acquired brain injuries
- Birth injuries
- Major burns
- Multiple trauma
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Common types of non-catastrophic injuries in life care planning
- Spinal injuries (intervertebral disc injuries)
- Major joint injuries (hip, knee, shoulder)
- Other orthopedic trauma (pelvic, long bone)
- Burns (mild – moderate)
- Single amputations
- Mild traumatic brain injury
- Chronic pain (spinal, CRPS, etc.)
Common causes of injuries requiring life care plans in San Antonio
Common causes of injuries in San Antonio which require life care plans include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Trucking accidents
- Maritime and shipping accidents
- Work-related / Workplace accidents
- Birth injuries
- Medical mal-practice
- Premises Liability
- Product liability
- Drug-related injury
- Plant explosions
- Slip and fall accidents
- Animal attack / dog bites
- Wound by projectile injuries
What Is Life Care Planning?
According to the American Academy of Physician Life Care Planners, “Life care planning is a process of applying methodological analysis to formulate diagnostic conclusions, and opinions regarding physical and/or mental impairment and disability for the purpose of determining care requirements for individuals with permanent or chronic medical conditions, and quantifying these requirements in monetary terms.
Life care plans are comprehensive documents that objectively identify the residual medical conditions and ongoing care requirements of ill/injured individuals, and they quantify the costs of supplying these individuals with requisite, medically-related goods and services throughout probable durations of care.”
What is the Primary Objective of a Physician Life Care Planner?
According to the tenets, methods and best practices advocated by the American Academy of Physician Life Care Planners, a physician life care planner’s primary objective is to achieve the Clinical Objectives of Life Care Planning by answering the Basic Questions of Life Care Planning.
The Clinical Objectives of Life Care Planning
- Diminish or eliminate physical and psychological pain and suffering.
- Reach and maintain the highest level of function given an individual’s unique circumstance.
- Prevent complications to which an individual’s unique physical and mental conditions predispose them.
- Afford the individual the best possible quality of life in light of their condition.
The Basic Questions of Life Care Planning
- What is a subject’s condition?
- What medically-related goods and services does a subject’s condition require?
- How much will the medically-related goods and services cost over time?
What Types of Medically-related Care are Addressed in a Properly Formulated Life Care Plan?
The American Academy of Physician Life Care Planners categorizes Future Medical Recommendations according to the following structure:
- Physician Services
- Routine Diagnostics
- Laboratory Studies
- Rehabilitation Services
- Equipment & Supplies
- Nursing & Attendant Care
- Environmental Modifications & Essential Services
- Acute Care Services
Comprehensive Damages Valuation In San Antonio
As the nation’s leading provider of life care planning and damages valuation services, we specialize in the formulation of compensatory economic damages in San Antonio including:
- Future Medical Requirements
- Loss of Earning
- Loss of Household Services
Future Medical Requirements
Life Care Plans
Life Care Plans are expertly formulated medical valuations that objectively identify a subject’s medical conditions and future care requirements, and they quantify the costs of those requirements in monetary terms.
Present Value Assessments of Life Care Plans
Present Value Assessments of Life Care Plans convert the nominal value of life care plans to present value. In short, they quantify the “time value” of money by accounting for two important considerations:
- The impact of inflation on the prices of medically-related goods and services.
- The amount of interest an individual will be able to earn between the present and the times at which their future medically-related expenditures are forecast to occur.
Lost Earnings & Earnings Capacity
To quantify damages associated with a person’s inability to earn income due to an injury, we provide loss of earnings capacity assessments, and present value loss of earnings assessments.
Loss of Earnings Capacity Assessments quantify an individual’s loss of earnings capacity. Loss of Earnings Capacity Assessments are most often performed in cases in which residual (post-injury) earnings capacity exists.
Present Value Loss of Earnings Assessments quantify the present value of lost earnings and lost earnings capacity. In addition, Present Value Loss of Earnings Assessments quantify the impact of factors such as wage growth, life cycle adjustments, benefits, earnings offsets, taxes, and the time value of money.
Loss of Household Services
To quantify damages associated with a person’s inability to perform household services, we provide Present Value Loss of Household Services Assessments to quantify the economic loss that accrues to an individual’s household as a result of his/her injury and its impact on his/her ability to perform non-market work, namely household services.
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