The Proof is in the Pudding ~ Try Avocado Chocolate & a Life Care Plan for Your Client!

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Consider how a Life Care Plan can help your litigated case, especially when the proof is in the pudding.  The ‘proof’ here is a verb meaning ‘test’ and a noun meaning ‘the evidence that demonstrates a truth’ as in a mathematical or legal proof.  To know if a plan has succeeded, consider the true value or quality of it, as seen when it is experienced, tried, or put to use.

PuddingInterested in a life care plan for your client?

One recent case where I prepared a life care plan helped attain a $3.43 million settlement and judgment in a catastrophic personal injury case. Another plan I wrote helped to reach a $1.5 million award in a medical malpractice lawsuit.

I repeat, interested in a life care plan for your client?

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As a certified life care planner I will prepare a reasonable plan and I will expend whatever time needed to do a fully competent job. As an added benefit, how about including vocational rehabilitation consulting in a plan? That’s where my forte’ lies!

A plan can take upwards of six months to prepare, depending on the case. By taking the story directly from the patient with input from the family, my subsequent reports and expert testimony become viewed as genuine in front of a judge or a jury. The goal is to zero in on the specific needs and costs of the individual’s current healthcare needs and consider those into the future.

With your input or agreement with my report to be sure we understand everything, I’ll help you be well equipped to persuade others about the bottom line of your case, which can be significant! When preparing a plan, I carefully consider the client’s life and how it has been impacted, while remaining cognizant of safety and rehabilitation.

Third time here, interested in a life care plan for your client?   Pudding

I can help you to help your client!  The proof of the pudding for a business is also what customers say about it. To find out what customers say about my work in the areas of life care planning, as well as my professional work in other areas, including my writing capabilities, I’d be happy to provide references.  Pudding

The proof of the pudding for a plan is also what transpires when it is followed by the individual for whom it was written. You’ll find I truly care about what I do and can provide references who will attest to my ethics, research capabilities and the value that I can bring to a case involving work and disability.Money Centerpiece

A Life Care Plan can truly become the centerpiece of your client’s claim!

Because each case is unique, to help identify the level of service for your case, a 15 minute complementary consultation can be arranged. Subsequently, a preliminary assessment of the time-frame a plan could take to prepare can then be offered that helps outline the projected costs which can be anywhere from ~40 – 80+ hours, not including expert testimony preparation and witness time.

Keep in mind the necessity to schedule an in person meeting and follow-up visits with the individual and his/her family. Contacts involving his/her treating physician and other members of the healthcare team are made as well over the course of preparing a plan. You can find a simple sample plan on my website under documents for download.

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Now, “the proof of the pudding is in the eating” means that you don’t really know your dessert has come out right until you taste it. Seriously, try this pudding! It’s yummy and healthy! Easy to make too! Avocado

Avocado Chocolate Pudding

Prep Time: 2 minutes Total Time: 5 minutes Yield 2-3 services Serving Size ½ cup

  • 2 ripe medium avocados, peeled and chopped
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ cup milk (regular or almond milk, coconut, etc.)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

Blend all ingredients until smooth in a blender, food processor or using a hand held beater or mixer. Serve immediately or chill first. Eat with a lovely spoon!

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Contact me, Amy E. Botkin at 515-282-7753 for a life care plan because I have studied it, experienced it and continue on my journey growing as an expert in my field. An expert is someone who has enough knowledge to help others confidently! And, darn it all, I like it and I’m good at it (with a humble Arr Arr)!  If you’d like more information, let me know!

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Here to Help The Passionate Attorney Help Your Client ~ Life Care Planning Services

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Along with vocational consulting services, I offer you life care planning services. Life Care Planning Services are valuable to passionate attorneys such as yourself: One who works to your fullest potential for your clients; One who truly cares about your client; and One who strives to maximize the best outcome for your client. A Life Care Plan will help you help your client.

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Comprehensive Life Care Planning Services focus on the individual who sustained a personal or catastrophic injury, has a congenital disease or acquired illness, or suffered a traumatic event that altered his or her life leaving them with a disabling condition. The individual and his or her family is in need of planning how to live with these ongoing life changes.

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A Life Care Plan outlines an individualized holistic program that documents your client’s specific healthcare needs and a projection of what it costs for that care over their lifetime. An economist reviews the plan to determine the present value of the costs.

Even more, a Life Care Plan  helps prevent medical complications, enhances community and society participation, considers quality of life issues, and assists in maintaining emotional and psychological health. 

The person’s life now has important healthcare needs and significant costs are associated with those needs that will last throughout their lifetime. How can you, the person’s caring and passionate attorney prove this, or show this to others, and why would you need to do so?

A Life Care Plan is helpful in many ways, here are three,

  • to facilitate decision making relating to the individual’s health care, long-term care, and special needs; and those costs related;
  • to identify and obtain good care in the individual’s community, whether at home, an assisted living facility, or, if necessary, a nursing home; and those costs related;
  • to help move the litigation process forward, and ultimately to settle or win a case justifiably at the highest level possible using real data!

A Life Care Plan involves a systematic process (I do that part!) of developing a “road map” of the care, goods and services the person will need to ensure optimal health, safety and life satisfaction. A plan also highlights what it is the person will need to restore or improve their life activities to their maximum potential.

Keep in mind that while most Life Care Plans are developed for people who have suffered a traumatic injury, Life Care Plans are increasingly used for older adults with chronic conditions to anticipate their health and financial needs in later years. Do you have a client in this elite category? If so, be prepared for more future that focuses on healthy living! (Hint: Get a Life Care Plan!)

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The standard definition of a Life Care Plan is a “dynamic document based upon published standards of practice, comprehensive assessment, data analysis and research, which provides an organized, concise plan for current and future needs with associated costs for individuals who have experienced catastrophic injury or have chronic health care needs. (IALCP – International Academy of Life Care Planners, 2003. Definition established during the 2000 Life Care Planning Summit.)

Please visit Dr. Deutsch’s webpage for much more information on Life Care Planning. Dr. Deutsch was on my training team!

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are developed by Certified Life Care Planners (CLCP), who are professionals in rehabilitation with advanced knowledge of specific disabilities, established treatment care resources and a consistent objective approach toward the practical and functional elements involved in providing the treatment of catastrophic injuries and diseases. 

Communication and negotiation skills are essential (so true) while working with patients, families, caregivers and treatment teams. Keep on pursuing my website, which is mainly a relationship building, and read my blog writings. Please consider how Life Care Planning Services will help you help your clients.

Contact me ~ Amy Botkin, MS, CRC, CLCP ~ today at 515-282-7753 to discuss your case.

I am here to help you help your clients!

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Bring Me, A Life Care Planner, On Board. The Earlier in Litigation, The Better!

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Do you represent a plaintiff who’s life has been affected from a serious injury or illness? Or do you represent a defendant accused of being responsible for an injury? If so, consider obtaining a life care plan! A life care plan can help an attorney evaluate the potential value of a case in early stages of litigation.

I’m a Certified Life Care Planner who can describe your client’s disability, healthcare needs and rehabilitation plan, and provide the actual costs. Having this information allows for strategic decisions on the case.

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Bringing me on board as your life care planner is also useful for non-catastrophic cases. In any legal situation, the earlier the intervention, the greater the likelihood of successful case resolution! Plus more factual information is gathered over the course of the litigation.

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Give me a call at 515-282-7753 to discuss your case.  I’d love to help you help your client win!

On my website you’ll find a sample life care plan. Please know I’m in a unique position to prepare these as I’m also a  Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and earned a certificate as a Forensic Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.

If your case involves work and disability, keep in mind my background allows me to include specifics on an individual’s world of work. Not all life care planners can do this! And if they do, I’ll bet they don’t enjoy the hard work and time involved for this part of a plan. 

Chess is an excellent board logic game that develops such skills as tactics, strategy, and visual memory.  I understand why the queen is the most valuable player. She can move in any direction and as many spaces as she likes!  When I play, I do everything I can to protect her which is the same as I would with your client and your case. Checkmate!

Vocational Resources Plus, LLC * lcpresourcesplus.com * 515-282-7753  * VocResources@gmail.com

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When, Where & Why You Need a Life Care Planner for Your Litigated Case & Who Can Help? Me!

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When Do You Need a Life Care Planner?

Typically a life care planner is helpful for legal cases involving catastrophic injuries or chronic health conditions.

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  • Lawyers, physicians, and insurance companies can hire a life care planner to research, analyze and develop life care plans for patients who experience catastrophic injuries or chronic health conditions related to birth, brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, amputation, trauma, burns, and other serious injury.

Where Do You Need a Life Care Planner?

A life care planner is useful in a variety of jurisdictions.

  • In legal cases that include workers’ compensation, personal injury, medical malpractice and marital dissolution
  • A plan is also useful to protect assets when aging, disability or chronic disease raises tough questions about estates
  • Other civil lawsuits, estates and probate needs

Why Do You Need a Life Care Planner?

A life care planner is beneficial for individuals, families and funding sources for many good reasons.  A good planner is able to ~

  • Provide the individual and the family with an outline of future care
  • Guide people through the complex maze of rehabilitation and long-term care coordination
  • Assess diagnoses and work-related disabilities
  • Network and make connections with health care providers and holistic practitioners
  • Educate, motivate and support the family regarding their loved one’s needs
  • Help insurance companies set reserves

Who Do You Need to Be Your Life Care Planner? How About Me?! Amy!

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With my extensive training, experiences and knowledge, I am able to zero in on vocational rehabilitation needs….often a key component when attorneys and insurance companies are settling or trying a legal case involving an individual of working age.

Please take into account a child deserves the opportunity to work and make money in their future, and if permanently and totally disabled, many factors come into play when assessing their potential earning capacity.  It starts with assessing the child’s parent’s working background! 

I can help you help your client and your client’s family.

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Contact Amy E. Botkin at

515-282-7753 or vocresources@gmail.com for more information on life care planning services.

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Life Care Planning Helps Attorneys in Ways & in All Phases of Litigation! Really!

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Litigation strategies include planning!  Have you considered a Life Care Plan? 

Life Care Planning helps attorneys in many ways and in all phases of litigation. The actual plan itself becomes a comprehensive document that provides for the future care and associated costs of a person facing a serious illness or injury.

In earlier phases of litigation, a life care plan helps evaluate the potential value of a case. During settlement negotiations, a life care plan helps identify monetary ranges. And of course during trial a life care planner can be critical to your litigation success!

Life Care Planning Services Help Attorneys in Many Ways, Here’s A Few:

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  • Project future cost of care ~ When someone has sustained a life altering injury, trying to determine the correct and fair amount for a settlement is a daunting task. It’s difficult to properly analyze all aspects of an injured party’s condition.
  • A professional life care planner (one qualified as I am!!) can help you assess the current needs of a patient and project future complications with a systematic approach to analyzing the injured party’s current and future conditions.
  • After analyzing all injury-related documents, interviewing the injured party and communicating with medical professionals, the life care planner will produce a plan that considers future costs in order to ensure a fair and reasonable quality of life. The plan will consider financial, physical, and psychological factors. In the end, you’ll have a thoroughly researched document that will prove bulletproof at settlement conferences and in the courtroom.

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  • Consider likely complications ~ When it comes to catastrophic injuries and long term illnesses, you have to expect the unexpected. Almost undoubtedly, complications will arise in association with the life-altering events somewhere down the road. With that in mind, an experienced life care planner will identify the most likely future complications, allowing all parties involved to understand and adequately provide for these unforeseen circumstances.Related image

  • Expert Testimony * ~ An experienced life care planner provides crystal-clear medical testimony for depositions and trial. Life care planners can accurately and simply describe the injured person’s lifetime of needs and justify the associated costs.  
  • *In Addendum, as a Vocational Expert, I am also qualified to testify on the injured person’s work life and earning capacity.
  • Able to be customized ~ Not all cases require a full-blown life care plan. However, that doesn’t mean a life care planner can’t help you. The injury or illness doesn’t necessarily have to be catastrophic in order to benefit from future care cost projections. Versatile life care planners offer abbreviated plans for these special situations that allow you to evaluate case value and strategize early on.

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  • Establishes a level playing field ~ Regardless of what side of the fence you stand on, you can benefit from hiring a professional for life care planning services. A life care plan helps all parties know what to expect and thus helps settlements be reached more quickly. A life care planner can aid in strategizing to ensure the best possible outcome. It’s not just a time-saver. It’s a tool that gives you the key insight of one with an understanding of medical needs and the associated costs.

If you represent someone who has suffered a serious injury or illness, or a defendant accused of being responsible for an injury, consider obtaining a life care plan. Doing so will allow you to understand the future care needs of the affected party, which will result in a speedy, fair settlement.

Source for above written article (with some creative writing and clip art by me) : http://www.articlesbase.com/health-articles/benefits-of-life-care-planning-in-all-phases-of-litigation-3466273.html  Oct 13, 2010 • By Nancy Fraser

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Contact Amy E. Botkin, a Certified Life Care Planner at 515-282-7753 to discuss how a life care plan can help you to help your client.          

*I have the expertise to include Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Recommendations, when needed, into a person’s plan, and am trained in expert testimony.

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How Much Does Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost? How About Shoulder Surgery? Need Cost of Care During Litigation?

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May 28, 2019 writing update: My daughter Arin has now completed one year at DMACC! She enjoys college and receives great grades!  She continues studying and working and well, earlier this month experienced what many of us have been through in our early 20s: got your wisdom teeth removed!

Some quick research found that scholars, I  don’t know who they are, but I do know dentists also say we have wisdom teeth as the evolutionary answer to eating raw meats, vegetables, and roots. These third set of molars grow in some people between the ages of seventeen and twenty-five, or the wisdom years.  What? No way. I don’t believe during those years in my life I was wise!  In fact, I’m hoping that every day I become wiser (through experience) and contemplation, of course!

However, when teeth aren’t being to kind to their neighbor, and the time to go has come, they need to be pulled out! So, what will this procedure cost and what will rehabilitation look like? 

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From a quick review of costs found online, a simple removal can cost $75–$200 per tooth. Sometimes the teeth are impacted and cannot break into the jaw through the mouth.If impacted, removal can cost $225–$600 per tooth. So the cost range here is (x 4 teeth) $300 – $2,400

Luckily, none of AJs were impacted! She was quite pleased the clinical staff saved her pulled out teethers as a gift she could bring home, display, and brag about!   Image result for teeth as gift cartoon

I found out some surgeons will offer a discount for removing all four teeth at once, which can save $1,000 or more on the average cost of wisdom tooth removal surgery.  So, can you see where and why the costs can vary?

There are a few additional costs associated with wisdom tooth removal, including the initial consultation, which for Arin’s procedure cost $100, and prescription medication for pain, and potentially a special mouthwash for pre-and post procedure care, total cost~$10, I was surprised in our Rx plan 20 Hydrocodone pills cost less than $2 (specifically $1.82.)

Keep in mind when I’m costing out care or prescriptions, I’ve been trained to rely upon what a person would pay out of pocket (which means no health plan insurance, no collateral resources such as Medicare/Medicaid, nope, not even VA benefits).

Arin agrees, and I somewhat recall from way back when I underwent the procedure in my early 20s, the recovery process is “a lot worse” than the actual procedure and really, as is similar to all rehabilitation, always involves healing time.  Rehabilitation follows basic self care, including how to de-stress your body when it’s trying to heal itself.

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Thankfully, we have a good dental plan through my husband’s employer (and Arin is still on it) and just as importantly, she is really good with making and saving money. She paid using her debit card the $750 that insurance didn’t cover. The explanation of benefits from Delta Dental arrived in our mail box recently, and the total for the procedure:  $2,015.

One reason I am costing wisdom teeth removal in this post is to let you  know I like doing it (costing out care) and can help you help a client who does not need a full blown life care plan. Perhaps, a  specific cost of care report would serve beneficially during litigation.

Here’s just a little bit about a recent case I was involved in:  I was hired by an attorney to help a dentist who had (well because I’m not a doctor, I’ll describe the diagnosis in lay terms): one bad shoulder. To not go into any detail, it was a lawsuit because the bad shoulder was caused by getting broad-sided while driving in traffic. 

Keep in mind for this case, I wasn’t involved vocationally because the bad shoulder didn’t impact the dentist’s vocational earnings. This was because prior to the traffic incident, he hired or referred out and had not been performing surgical procedures, so his income was not affected. I was asked to find costs of a shoulder surgery and any associated future care which was was needed for litigation purposes.

Image result for costs of health care testing cartoonDuring my initial research I found out that leading up to a shoulder replacement procedure involves several steps and communication to determine if the person would be a good candidate for an outpatient program, considering the person goes home the same day.

The treating doctor prospected the dentist may require a left shoulder reverse total replacement surgery within the future (10 years).  It was determined the dentist more than likely would have outpatient surgery.  Here’s where I came in, to cost out what this surgery and the rehabilitation would amount to. I’m not going to give you all I found, well because I was paid to do that work. So, I’ll just give you a bit of my report and what I found, for free here on my blog!

There is a pre-assessment teaching appointment with a joint coordinator (included in the $18k outpatient procedure cost). A simple online health admit walks the patient through their medical history (for anesthesia purposes). The physical exam pre-operative is usually with the PCP and would include a standard physical with typically a CBC, BMP and EKG. X-rays at pre-op and post-op may not be necessary, and an MRI may not be. All testing and recommendation depends on the patient’s needs, and is dictated by the surgeon. Followup would likely involve physical therapy and home-based exercises. 

So then what do I do next, cost it all out!? Well, yep! And I included research and rehabilitation goals. Want more examples of cases? Let me know!  Want my help in helping your client with a case involving work and disability? Again, let me know! Contact me to discuss the case!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

MEDIA CONTACT:
Connie R. Ward
info@lcpresourcesplus.com

VOCATIONAL RESOURCES PLUS ANNOUNCES LIFE CARE PLANNING SERVICES

DES MOINES, IA – Vocational Resources Plus, LLC  is launching a new service to help families and other organizations plan for long term health care needs by matching necessary care with the costs of providing that care.

The service, which produces an individual “Life Care Plan,” creates a guide to care that families can use to answer questions regarding future medical care and costs associated with an individual’s life-long healthcare needs.

And families aren’t the only ones to benefit from care planning that matches needs with costs. Insurance companies, law firms and others also need to know what care is necessary, and how much it will cost.

“With all the changes we are experiencing in healthcare service delivery, life care planning benefits individuals and companies involved in decision-making” says Vocational Resources Plus owner Amy Botkin. “We all want the most and the best, but there are costs attached to everything a patient needs”

“For example, litigated claims, when being addressed by a jury, need accurate information about care and costs to help in determining fair and equitable claims, payments and settlements.”

Botkin, a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Drake graduate, has partnered with Sharon Hamilton, RN, CNLP, to add Life Care Planning to the range of services already available through Vocational Resources Plus. Hamilton, a Certified Nurse Life Care Planner, sees another benefit.

“Life Care Planning services incorporate vocational rehabilitation into the care planning process. With Amy’s expertise in job placement, combined with trends in assistive technology, we are well equipped to return the person to gainful employment with an accountable cost structure. This helps the bottom line.”

Botkin has been providing vocational consultative services to the insurance and legal industry since 1999. Hamilton, a Registered Nurse, has more than 20 years experience in home care case management, including eight years focusing on persons with disabilities.

The life care planning process draws on three areas of practice: Worker Compensation, Personal Injury and Long Term Disability. Vocational Resources Plus, LLC consults with people who want help to address the intricacies of insurance claims in these areas.

For more information, please contact Amy E. Botkin at 515-282-7753 http://www.linkedin.com/in/amybotkin

Vocational Resources Plus, owned by Amy E. Botkin, identified the need for services in Des Moines, a major insurance center with nearly 60 life, health, and casualty companies.