Often, a life care planner retained by the defense will not have access to the plaintiff, which prevents a life care plan from being developed. An alternative option to determine if reasonable recommendations and costs were included by the plaintiff’s life care planner is to perform an analysis of the life care plan or medical cost projection.
The methodology used by James Quinn to develop a defense analysis of the plaintiff’s life care planner’s report is similar to the process of writing a life care plan, except there is no interview with the client. The medical records are reviewed in detail. A medical chronology is produced which assists James in establishing a pattern of care. A narrative is written which includes the medical chronology and expert reports. Then, the plaintiff’s life care planner's report is analyzed.
During the analysis of the plaintiff’s life care plan or medical cost projection, each recommendation with the associated frequency and cost is reviewed. The review considers the plaintiff’s current pattern of care, evidence-based guidelines, information within the plaintiff’s life care plan, and healthcare providers’ recommendations. Then a determination can be contrived as to the reasonableness of the recommendations, frequency and cost.
If necessary, James is prepared to defend the defense analysis in writing, in deposition, and during trial. His methodology is consistent, unbiased and balanced. His role as a life care planner is in part to educate others to understand the rationale for reasonable alterations to the plaintiff’s expert’s report.