Life Care Plans in Traumatic Brain Injury Cases: Presenting or Challenging Future Damages Calculations

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


Conducted on Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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Program Materials

This CLE webinar will provide guidance to personal injury plaintiff counsel for effectively using life care plans to measure and present future medical damages to a jury in traumatic brain injury cases. The panel will also explain strategies that defense counsel frequently use to challenge life care plans throughout a case: discovery, cross-examination of life care planning experts and closing argument.

Description

Plaintiff counsel frequently use life care plans in traumatic brain injury cases to convince a jury that their clients are entitled to significant damages for future medical expenses. The life care plan is a dynamic document, based on published standards of practice, that includes a comprehensive assessment of the plaintiff’s medical condition, and outlines the plaintiff’s current and future needs and all associated costs.

Plaintiff counsel must understand how to effectively utilize life care plans to bolster their clients’ damages recovery while ensuring that the cost estimates for future care stated in the plans are in line with the actual costs of the plaintiff’s current treatment and are not exaggerated. Plaintiff attorneys must be ready to withstand attacks against life care plans by defense counsel.

Conversely, defense counsel must prepare to attack a plaintiff’s life care plan, including using the discovery process, motions, cross-examination and Daubert challenges as opportunities to discredit the plan and the life care planning expert.

Listen as our authoritative panel discusses the plaintiff and defense perspectives on the use of life care plans in traumatic brain injury litigation.

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Outline

  1. Overview of life care plans
  2. Plaintiff strategies
  3. Defense strategies

Benefits

The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • The purpose of life care plans in traumatic brain injury litigation
  • Tactics for plaintiff counsel using life care plans to measure and present future medical damages
  • Tactics for defense counsel to challenge life care plans

Faculty

Connor, Gerald
Gerald A. Connor

Partner
Margolis Edelstein

Mr. Connor represents clients confronted with all types of casualty litigation, ranging from automobile and general...  |  Read More

Cowen, Todd
Dr. Todd D. Cowen
Certified Physician Life Care Planner

Dr. Cowen is a medical doctor board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as Pain Management. He...  |  Read More

Greening, Robert
Robert Greening

Principal
Greening Law

Mr. Greening has dedicated the last 27 years of his life to helping the injured and family members of those killed due...  |  Read More

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