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Designing Life Care Plans in Personal Injury Cases to Withstand Scrutiny: Accuracy, Thoroughness, Methodology

Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Monday, September 19, 2022

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This CLE webinar will guide personal injury lawyers in understanding what makes a life care plan accurate, thorough, and methodologically sound so that it stands up to scrutiny by opposing counsel, the court, and the jury. The program will review the required elements of life care plans and discuss frequent challenges to the planner, the plan, and its methodology.


Life care plans project the lifetime care needed and the related costs for someone with a catastrophic, permanent, or persistent limitation. Plaintiffs use life care plans to establish damages, but the defense may use its life planner for rebuttal. Thus, both sides must ruthlessly evaluate the plan's vulnerabilities.

Damages include anything necessary for the health, safety, and well-being of the injured person, not limited to medications, therapies, assistive technology, architectural modifications, supplies and equipment repair and replacement, transportation, and more for the duration of the patient's life.

Each plan should include a client interview; record review; corroboration with treating providers; probable relation to the indexed event; research; customary, reasonable, and usual costs; and establish that the needs included are medically probable. The plan must be comprehensive, individualized, collaborative, and evidence and outcome-based.

Listen as this experienced panel of personal injury lawyers and an experienced nurse life care planner guides counsel in how to use and defend a life care plan.



  1. Importance of life care plans
  2. Elements of life care plans
  3. Attributes of defensible plans


The panel will review these and other critical issues:

  • What are the professional standards for life care planners and plans?
  • How should life care plans be evaluated and reviewed?
  • How will amended FRE 702 affect the analysis and admissibility of life care plans?
  • What are the most likely mistakes that sabotage the credibility of life care plans?
  • What are the critical attributes of defensible life care plans?


Howland, Wendie
Wendie Howland

Owner and Principal
Howland Health Consulting

Ms. Howland's experience includes complex medical record review, medical cost projections, and life care planning.

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Singer, Jeffrey
Jeffrey Singer

Segan Nemerov Singer Sonin & Tancer


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