An expert witness is someone, who by virtue of education, training, skill or experience, is believed to possess expertise and specialized knowledge in a particular subject that is materially beyond that of the average person.
Life Care Planning is a tool that, when performed by a physician, requires specialized training and board certification before it can be expertly applied. The certification of Life Care Planning is not mandatory when performing LCPs, but it certainly helps to get that extra training when doing Life Care Plans.
If the life care planner provides opinions outside of the scope of expertise, regardless of whether or not he/she is a physician, his/her testimony runs the risk of being successfully challenged via Daubert or Kumho, precedent-setting cases regarding the admissibility of witness testimony. The trier of fact can disqualify the expert’s testimony based on the lack of the specialized knowledge that the life care planner requires.
It is important to seek a Life Care Planning Professional with the proper certifications. Our expert testimony includes: