Life Care Planning for Catastrophic Injuries
Occupational Assessment Services, Inc. (OAS) has recently published an informative video on how a Life Care Plan we prepared helped achieve the largest injury verdict in Wisconsin in 35 years.
In this case, a five-year-old boy on a playground passed through an unlocked, open gate—coming into contact with an electrical power generator. Severely electrocuted, the boy suffered bilateral amputations at the right elbow and left shoulder.
OAS developed a Life Care Plan. We reviewed all pertinent case documentation and performed an in-person interview to formulate a comprehensive life care plan that included:
- Long-Term Medical Needs
- Prosthetic Equipment
- Home-Healthcare Needs
After developing a medical foundation for care, we detailed future loss of earning capacity—based on medical findings and resultant functional limitations. This included the cost of equipment and training—and established a range of possibilities:
- At one end, a psychiatric assessment indicated the boy would be so severely depressed that he would be unemployable and sustain a total loss of earning capacity.
- At the other end, findings show the boy would be employable—with diminished earning capacity—with a college education and the use of various assistive devices.
As the young boy’s case moved toward trial, a conference with the judge pushed the case toward a settlement of $25.3 million in cash—based on the Life Care Plan OAS had developed, a day-in-the-life videotape, and a settlement brochure.
Occupational Assessment Services, Inc.—a nationwide leader in Life Care Planning and Vocational Evaluations—supports attorneys in catastrophic injury cases from offices in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas. We also offer video conferencing for remote access nationwide.
Vocational Expert/Life Care Plan reports from OAS can help you document damages in large personal injury cases. If your next catastrophic injury case requires an experienced life care planner or employability expert, call 800-292-1919. We’ll send a proposal containing the experts’ professional qualifications, our fee schedule, and a sample report.
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