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The Role of a Life Care Planner in a Birth Injury Case

October 27, 2022

Birth injuries are often caused by medical conditions that are left untreated or are the result of malpractice during the delivery. In some instances, the reasons for birth injuries are:

• Improper prenatal care;
• Failure to detect an ongoing infection during the pregnancy;
• A side effect caused by an incorrectly prescribed or dosed medication; and
• Failure to identify issues that can be detected earlier on with the labor, the mother, and the baby.

When a child suffers a birth injury, a life care planner is critical. They work with patients and their families to help develop a “life plan” to best maintain and improve their overall well-being and quality of life.

What Does a Life Care Planner Do?

A certified life care planner or life-care expert provides advice and expertise to a patient’s family to help them address the realities of caring for a child who has suffered a birth injury, which may include catastrophic injuries, neurological conditions, and other long-term disabilities.

They also serve as liaisons between the healthcare and legal communities. They will work directly with physicians and patients to assess current and future medical needs.
These healthcare professionals can provide an invaluable service for people who need support for the remainder of their lives.

What is a Life Care Plan?

A life care plan is a comprehensive plan that details a patient’s current and future medical needs. It includes treatment and medical equipment for those who have suffered a catastrophic injury resulting in ongoing health care and personal needs.

A well-developed and detailed life care plan can help a judge and jury in a birth injury medical malpractice case understand the child’s specific needs. Those who create the plan will describe the realistic and unique expenses that a child will require during the course of their life in order for the child to be appropriately compensated for all future damages that result from the birth injury she has already suffered.


A life-care expert can be an invaluable asset in birth injury and catastrophic personal injury cases. In a personal injury lawsuit, your attorney will work to recover damages to pay for hospital bills, treatment costs, physical rehabilitation, and emotional pain and suffering. A life-care planner will work with your attorney to determine the costs involved when a child suffers a catastrophic injury that prevents them from living an ordinary life and who requires assistance for the rest of their life.

Contact a Michigan Birth Injury Attorney

If you or someone you know has recently suffered an injury that may be medical negligence resulting in injury in childbirth, speak with an experienced and knowledgeable medical negligence attorney immediately to protect your interests or those of your loved one.

Buchanan Firm retains medical professionals who are available to immediately investigate your claim to determine if the deviation was caused by medical negligence.

Our firm proudly serves people all across Michigan, including major cities like Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Detroit, Lansing, Holland, St. Joe, and Ann Arbor, and rural towns such as Lowell, Ada, Fremont, Newaygo, Grand Haven, Rockford, and Cedar Springs. We will meet you after hours, at home or in the hospital to accommodate you.