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Aug

2018

OAS Plays Critical Role in $3.69M Worker Settlement Case

OAS recently provided a comprehensive Life Care Plan that helped render a $3.69 million dollar settlement for a worker injured on the job. The Plaintiff was assisting with electrical repairs at a warehouse in South Plainfield on Feb. 20, 2014, when he was hit with an arc flash explosion. He Read More

19

Feb

2018

Building The House Of Damages In Personal Injury Cases – The Importance Of Having A Medical Foundation

The largest dollar amount in a personal injury case is usually the plaintiff’s inability to work and resultant loss of earning capacity.  This is extremely important in proving the damages part of a small, medium, or large case.  Therefore, an expert knowledgeable in rehabilitation, as well as the vocational implications Read More

12

Jan

2018

Establishing Employability: The Importance of Vocational Testing in Personal Injury Cases

A vocational evaluation in personal injury cases usually involves a vocational interview with the plaintiff from which the vocational expert formulates their employability and earning capacity opinions.  Few vocational experts have the experience to administer vocational testing with the plaintiff, and thus, are missing an important part of the evaluation. Read More

04

Jan

2018

Not Just a Bump on the Head; Evaluating the Employability of a Traumatic Brain Injured Plaintiff

A plaintiff is involved in a motor vehicle accident and sustains a “bump on the head,” resulting in a mild traumatic brain injury.  Many personal injury attorneys are not cognizant of the impact such an incident may have on an individual’s employability and earning capacity. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are Read More

18

Sep

2017

The Anatomy of an $8 Million Structured Settlement – Using a Life Care Plan to Document Damages in a Personal Injury Case

Many personal injury attorneys realize that a Life Care Planner is important in cases of catastrophic injury adult, but neglect to properly include the plan as part of the case damages. A recent case example is William Kim, a 63-year-old married male born in Korea who was involved in an Read More

25

Apr

2017

$3.5 Million Settlement Through Mediation Six Months After Accident

$3.5 Million Settlement Through Mediation Six Months after Accident Due to Establishment of Long-Term Medical Needs Through the Use of a Life Care Plan A woman who was struck by a vehicle and spent months hospitalized and then in rehabilitation was able to obtain a substantial settlement based on the 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

19

Feb

2015

How to Document the Economic Damages in a Personal Injury Case; When Do You Need a Vocational Expert?

Since the 1960’s Vocational Experts have been used by attorneys who want to assess how a Plaintiff’s injuries affect their ability to work and earn money.  These hard damages are crucial in objectively determining the verdict amount. What is an Employability & Earning Capacity Evaluation?  It is an evaluation conducted Read More

11

Feb

2015

How to Document TDIU in Veteran’s Disability Cases

There are more than 4 million individuals receiving Veteran’s Compensation benefits.  Many of these individuals are severely disabled and are unable to work. Due to the complicated rules and regulations of the Veteran’s Administration it is hard for a deserving Veteran to receive a 100% disability rating.  In order to Read More

11

Feb

2015

How Hiring Your Own Vocational Expert Can Help You Win More of Your Social Security Disability Cases – #1

  Since Kerner v. Flemming, 283 F.2d 916 (2d Cir. 1960), Vocational Experts, professionals who are educated, trained, skilled in job placement and knowledgeable about labor market conditions, have been asked to formulate vocational opinions about specific job opportunities of a person based on their age, education, background, work experience, Read More