Laura Lykins CRC, MRC, CLCP Lexington KY

Laura Lykins received her bachelor’s degree in Communications in December of 2009 from the University of Kentucky.  She obtained a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Kentucky in May of 2010.  She is a certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC) through the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.  Since 2011, she has worked as a vocational expert for the Social Security Administration which requires her to testify in Social Security disability hearings.  She is a Certified Life Care Planner (CLCP) through the International Commission Health Care Certification since 2014 and has testified on both plaintiff and defense cases.


Laura received her life care planning training through the University of Florida Distance Learning Program and International Academy of Life Care Planners in 2013.  Her professional background as a life care planner and vocational consultant includes performing life care plans, critiques/reviews of life care plans, vocational assessments, and vocational evaluations for both plaintiff and defense in a variety of legal settings including medical malpractice, worker’s compensation, personal injury, child cases, and wrongful death.

Life Care Planner

A life care plan is defined as a dynamic document that 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 cost for individuals who have experienced catastrophic injury or have chronic health care needs (IALCP, Standards of Practice 2015).  Based on her training and experience as a certified life care planner, Laura has prepared reports, been deposed, and testified in federal court for both plaintiff and defense cases relating to a variety of catastrophic and chronic health care conditions including spinal cord injury, amputation, brain injury, and other non-catastrophic cases as well.

Her recommendations included in the life care plans are based on a multidisciplinary approach including medical opinions, rehabilitation principles and foundations, and empirical based research.  The recommendations then help to determine both the short and long term needs and associated costs for an individual with a catastrophic or non-catastrophic injury.  She is a member of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP) since 2013 and attends annual conferences to maintain and remain up to date on current practices and standards as a rehabilitation professional and life care planner.

Vocational Consultant/Expert

Since 2010, Laura has worked as a vocational consultant/rehabilitation counselor and has been retained by plaintiffs and defendants in worker compensation, personal injury, employment law, wrongful death, and child cases.  She is a certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC) through the Commission of Rehabilitation Counselor Certification and has been certified since 2010.  Her work and experience as a vocational consultant/rehabilitation counselor includes reviewing medical records,

performing research, administering vocational tests and assessments, conducting local labor market surveys, loss of earning capacity, critiquing other vocational expert’s reports, and report writing.  She has been a vocational expert for the Social Security Administration, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review since 2011 and has testified in over one thousand Social Security Disability hearings.

Contact Information

Services Provided

  • Life Care Plans
  • Review/Critique of Life Care Plans
  • Vocational Evaluations
  • Loss of Capacity to Earn Money Assessments
  • Labor Market Surveys
  • References and Fee Schedule Available Upon Request
  • Contact for Initial Consultation

Contact Information

Laura Lykins, LLC
Lexington, KY
Cell: (517) 899-9584