Life Care Planning Improves Outcomes After Recent Accidents

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Steinger, Iscoe & Greene comment on professional planning and how it can make a crucial difference for accident victims—for both their health and their finances.

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We're talking about the most severe injuries.

Life care planning may improve a patient's outcome following a serious accident, says accident law firm Steinger, Iscoe & Greene who recently opened offices in San Diego.

Care planning involves assessing a patient's medical records and early rehab results to assembling an outline of all treatments that will be needed long term. Sean Greene, a San Diego personal injury lawyer with the firm, says that life care planning is seeing increased use with accident victims because it maximizes the resources available for their recovery.

“We're talking about the most severe injuries,” Greene said. “Following a traumatic accident, the initial life-saving treatment may not be all that's needed. Medical needs could continue for years, decades or even life.”

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (retrieved 02.19.2014) shows that traumatic injury patients can experience organ failure even long after they are seemingly stable.

“There are many ways a serious injury can backslide,” Greene said. “Additional surgeries or physical therapy may be needed years later. If these aren't anticipated, it can leave a family in dire straits financially.”

That's especially common, Greene says, when an accident victim is relying on insurance money to cover their expenses.

“The insurer will not be the one to suggest, 'You might need more down the line,'” Greene said. “Only by seeing a care planning specialist can you get a realistic sense of what long term care will involve—and what it will cost.”

Greene recommends that all seriously injured accident victims seek life care planning before accepting an insurance offer.

About Steinger, Iscoe & Greene:
Steinger, Iscoe & Greene is a legal team with more than 30 lawyers and 140 legal professionals. With offices throughout South Florida - Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Port St Lucie, Okeechobee, Ft Myers, Orlando and Tampa – and most recently in San Diego, California, the firm is ready to advocate for the best interests of injury victims coast-to-coast Steinger, Iscoe & Greene also offers the No Fee Guarantee®, which means “you don’t owe us any money unless we get money for you.”

Steinger, Iscoe & Greene
600 W Broadway
Suite 700
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-727-4777

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