Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Life Care Plan?

A Life Care Plan is a "dynamic document based upon published standards of practice, comprehensive assessment, data analysis and research, which provides an organized, concise plan for current and future needs with associated costs for individuals who have experienced catastrophic injury or have chronic health care needs." (IARP-IALCP)

What is the process used to develop a Life Care Plan?

Medical Record Review

Liz uses the nursing process - the scientific or critical thinking model for nurses - to develop her life care plans. Components of this process include:

  • Medical record review and analysis.
  • Interview and assessment.
  • Collaboration with treatment and/or physician expert teams.
  • Collaboration with economic and vocational experts as appropriate.
  • Research and data analysis.
  • Plan development.
  • Geographically relevant cost research.

Does my case need a Life Care Plan?

A life care plan is utilized to substantiate the care needs for a variety of different injuries: brain injury, spinal cord injury, birth injury, orthopedic injury, chronic pain, vaccine injury (Guillian Barre, post polio, seizure disorder). Cases likely to benefit from a life care plan are those where there is an anticipated need for multiple medications, future surgeries, or assistance by a nurse or attendant on an ongoing or recurring basis.

Why use a nurse for my Life Care Plan?

The art of nursing is based on caring and respect for human dignity. Though the nurse is expert on medical treatments, options of care, expected outcomes, expected complications, she also assesses for:

  • Safety of the individual in the home and community.
  • Function and ability to accomplish activities of daily living, in other words, a person's ability to walk, talk, eat, bathe, groom, communicate, etc.
  • Supportive services necessary foran   individual to achieve their best function, i.e., facility care, home nursing care, etc. Usually this is the highest cost component of the life care plan. Utilizing a nurse to properly assess the level of care lends credibility to this component of the Life Care Plan.
  • Adaptive aids needed to achieve best function.
  • Home and environmental obstacles.
  • Specialty equipment needs.
  • Emotional, spiritual, social obstacles.
  • Community access and involvement.

How long does it take?

The average life care plan takes about 40 hours, spent over several months. This includes time to review medical records, a home visit or attendance at an IME exam, collaboration with experts and or treaters, cost research and report preparation. It does not include testimony or trial preparation. 


The injured individual's diagnoses, the number of providers, and their response time, the volume of materials for review, and case load all impact the amount of time it takes to complete a plan.

What do I need to provide to get started?

  • Copies of the medical records
  • Signed retainer agreement with retainer check
  • Contact information for your client current providers, physician experts, and
  • Copies of depositions and responses to interrogatories