The Advantages of Hiring a Physician Life Care Planner

As a certified life care planner, we work with law firms nationwide to quantify damages, costs for future care and needs, and provide documentation to present as demonstrative evidence at trial.

Life care planning includes objectively documenting:

  1. A person’s condition
  2. Requirements for ongoing care and additional needs in his/her life
  3. Probable effects on life expectancy
  4. Costs for ongoing care and other needs

The challenge that many attorneys run into is that few life care planners are professionally qualified to substantiate the basics.

You may have worked with Life Care Planners in the past who were nurses, occupational therapists, or other medical professionals. Although they certainly offer expertise in their field, they are bound by the limits of their professional license. 

When hiring a life care planner, carefully consider the advantages of a physician’s authority and expertise:

  • An M.D. can independently formulate their own medical opinions.
  • A physician can independently make, question, or defend recommendations for ongoing medical care.
  • An M.D. can ask other doctors questions that may not have come up in a report or that may not have been considered yet.
  • An M.D. has the ability to educate legal council and other stakeholders on the pathology of injuries in plain English.

To find out how we can help your case, contact us today.

Not Your Typical Physician Life Care Planner and Medical Expert Witness

Stephen H. Barkow, M.D. is a certified Life Care Planner (LCP) and Independent Medical Examiner (IME). He is also an experienced medical expert witness in both personal injury and medical malpractice matters.

Board-certified in pain medicine, anesthesiology, and emergency medicine, Stephen H. Barkow, M.D. brings to the table a unique perspective on personal injury cases. When creating a Life Care Plan, he serves as the go-to expert, working closely with all the other medical experts on the team and assimilating their opinions.

Highly respected in his field, he can seamlessly speak with medical professionals and yet translate medical jargon into plain English for non-medical audiences to understand.

Credibility Only a Physician Can Deliver

We know you want to find the most qualified expert for your case. Likewise, we’re selective with the cases we take on. The more quickly we can determine if we’re a good fit, the better.

Dr. Barkow’s qualifications include:

  • 30+ years of clinical experience
  • Winner of multiple awards
  • Board certified in Pain Medicine, Anesthesiology, & Emergency Medicine
  • Fellowship trained Pain Management Physician and Anesthesiologist in full-time clinical practice
  • California QME, Experienced Independent Medical Examiner
  • Certified Life Care Planner
  • Experienced Medical Expert Witness in personal injury and medical malpractice cases
  • Practicing physician with a clinical practice
  • Significant academic and teaching experience (1988-present)
  • Currently teaching as a Master Instructor of Advanced Interventional Techniques to educate others about the latest developments in medicine

See list of Dr. Barkow’s professional certifications and awards.

To find out how we can help your case, contact us today.

Your Vested Interest is Our Vested Interest

We don’t take cases we don’t believe in. It’s that simple.
When we work together, our dedication and drive matches yours. When you’re working evenings and weekends on a case, so are we!

Are You on the Plaintiff or Defense Team?

We work closely with both Plaintiff and Defense attorneys to provide medical expert services and objectively document economic damages on their case. To date, our work has been equally divided between the two. You can rely on our expert witness neutrality.

No surprises here! We don’t like those either, so we do our due diligence before taking on a case to ensure there are no conflicts of interest.

Physician Life Care Planning and Medical Expert Witness Services Include:

  • Life Care Planning
  • Life Care Plan Reviews
  • Personal injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Product Liability
  • Wrongful Death
  • Matrimonial / Divorce
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Veteran’s Disability

What to Expect When You Work With Us:

  • Hourly fee schedule
  • Determination of mutual fit
  • Conflict check
  • Address all questions
  • Retainer agreement and request for retainer
  • Work begins upon receipt of signed retainer agreement, payment, and medical records
  • Professional, responsive service throughout the entire process (Yes! We work nights and weekends. We do what it takes to best serve our clients, their objectives, and deadlines.)
  • Clear, easy-to-understand reports for jurors and non-medical audiences

To find out how we can help your case, contact us today.

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