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Feb

2018

The Importance of Life Care Plan Local Cost Medical Research

From the onset of Life Care Planning, the initial group trained by Paul Deutch were instructed to determine the cost of the various items in the Plan by contacting anywhere from three to five medical providers and vendors in the evaluee’s local geographical area.  Over the years, Life Care Planners Read More

16

Jan

2018

Determining Spousal Earnings in Family Law Cases Using a Labor Market Survey

Divorce attorneys are increasingly using Employability Experts to determine the unemployed spouse’s earning capacity.  A Vocational Expert’s testimony can be used to lower or eliminate spousal alimony payments. Employability Experts have extensive experience in placing individuals in jobs given their age, education, past work experience, previously learned skills, and medical Read More

17

Oct

2017

Why is it so Important that you Hire an Experienced Life Care Planner for Your Next Catastrophic Injury Case?

A Life Care Plan objectively details the injured person’s long term medical needs. The cost of meeting these needs is researched in the local geographical area where the individual resides and is treated. The costs are compiled into easily understandable charts which can be used as demonstrative evidence at trial. Read More

22

Sep

2016

Premises Liability Case – School Yard Shooting – PTSD – $5 Million Settlement

Janice Jones was the lone survivor of a 2007 school yard shooting during which she witnessed the killing of three of her friends and her brother, resulting in a severe psychiatric impairment. Ms. Jones was a college sophomore on spring break at the time of the shootings. She was sexually Read More

26

Jul

2016

occupational assessment services, employability evaluation, vocational evaluation, vocational expert services, employability experts, expert witness for personal injury lawyer

Distracted Driver Case – Awarded $865,000 in Austin, Texas

A plaintiff was seriously injured in a bicycle accident on May 1, 2013 when a driver, who was texting & driving, hit the bicyclist. The accident resulted in the plaintiff suffering serious neck, mid-back, and low back injuries. He also sustained a head injury despite wearing a helmet. The plaintiff Read More

22

Jun

2016

employment law vocational evaluations, expert witness, occupational assessment services, vocational evaluations, earning capacity assessments

How An Employability Expert Documents the Monetary Damages in Employment Law Cases

Employment law cases involve such situations as wrongful termination, sexual harassment, age or sex discrimination, and Americans with Disabilities Act cases. In these types of cases, the damages consist of loss of past and future earnings. These damages can only be testified to by a vocational expert. The vocational expert Read More

15

Jun

2016

divorce attorney services, vocational evaluations, earning capacity assessments, matrimonial law services, occupational assessment services, divorce law

Under-Employed Spousal Earnings Assessment in Family Law Cases

Employability Experts are increasingly being used by Matrimonial attorneys to evaluate an under-employed spouse’s earning capacity. A vocational expert’s testimony can be used to lower alimony payments. The Vocational Expert’s evaluation consists of conducting an in-person evaluation of a spouse to determine their age, education, past work experience, previously learned Read More

13

Jun

2016

Catastrophic Personal Injury Cases – The Effective Use of Demonstrative Evidence in the Testimony of a Life Care Planner

Many personal injury attorneys do not realize how important demonstrative evidence is in illustrating the long term medical damages in a catastrophic personal injury case. Most frequently, Rehabilitation Counselors and Life Care Planners are retained to assess and document the long term medical costs resulting from the Plaintiff’s catastrophic or Read More

26

Feb

2015

Win More of Your Social Security Disability Cases: How Hiring Your Own Vocational Experts Can Help You – #2

The grant rate for Social Security Cases has decreased from 70% in the 1970’s to 45% currently. One method to increase the grant rate is to retain your own Vocational Expert. In the second series of these blogs, I will point out areas where the OAS Vocational Experts can assist Read More

17

Feb

2015

How to Determine Spousal Earnings in Family Law Cases – Part 1

Vocational Experts are increasingly being used by Matrimonial attorneys to evaluate a spouse’s earning capacity. An Employability expert’s testimony can be used to lower alimony payments to spouses.   Employability experts have extensive experience in placing individuals in jobs given their age, education, past work experience, previously learned skills and Read More