A serious accident and resulting injury can disrupt your entire life, potentially leaving you unable to drive, work, exercise or otherwise enjoy life the way you used to. Some catastrophic injuries, such as spinal cord injuries, amputations and traumatic brain injuries, can leave you in need of constant supervision and a lifetime of expensive medical care.
Creating a life care plan can help you not only prepare for the unexpected, but it can also help your friends and family members make important decisions in the event that you are no longer able to make them for yourself. If your condition allows, you may also be able to create a life care plan following your accident or injury that can help you determine what types of damages you may want to pursue to help finance your new lifestyle.
Common inclusions in a life care plan
A comprehensive life care plan includes many elements, and if you suffered a catastrophic injury, you want to be sure your plan includes detailed information about the costs you expect to incur over your lifetime as a result of your injury. This may include information about assisted living, rehabilitation or home health care expenditures, and it may, too, include information about your needs with regard to wheelchairs, breathing machines or other assistive types of medical equipment. Your life care plan may also include verbiage about any types of medical treatment you oppose and whether you have strong preferences with regard to where and how you receive medical treatment.
At its core, a life care plan helps you and the courts determine the types of expenses you are likely to incur over the remainder of your life as a result of your accident. In addition to outlining your needs, a life care plan can prove tremendously helpful in helping you determine how much compensation to seek, and it can also help judges and courts get a clear picture of what you need to get the most out of your life moving forward.