Occupational Assessment Services, Inc. (OAS) has recently published an informative video on how even experienced plaintiff or defense attorneys often may not fully understand how to document damages in personal injury cases.
In most personal injury, medical malpractice, or product liability cases which result in permanent injury; the most important damage assessment comes in the form of an Employability and Earnings Capacity Evaluation. This evaluation helps determine how injuries impact one’s ability to work and earn money.
Such Employability Evaluations can document damages for individuals who have sustained:
1. Lower Back Injuries
2. Neck or Spine Injuries
3. Traumatic Brain Injuries
4. Severe Non-Healing Fractures
5. Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
6. Loss of Vision or Hearing
7. Disfiguring/Incapacitating Burns
8. Psychiatric/Psychological Trauma
The injuries sustained must severely impact an individual’s ability to perform their prior work or any other work activities. If an individual can no longer work or is unemployed due to residual effects of their injuries, an evaluation is necessary and beneficial to their attorneys. An employability evaluation consists of five parts:
1. Medical Document Review
2. Vocational Diagnostic Interview
3. Analysis of Work Performed
4. Transferable Skills Analysis
5. Vocational Testing
Assessing the Results
Combined, the five elements above provide a professional assessment of the injured person’s employability—as well as their current and future earning capacity. The resulting report—completed within 4-6 weeks—allows the OAS Vocational Expert to provide knowledgeable testimony, customized exhibits, and the ability to help the jury understand the nature of the damages sought.
Occupational Assessment Services, Inc.—a nationwide leader in Life Care Planning and Vocational Evaluations—supports attorneys in catastrophic injury cases from offices in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas. We also offer video conferencing for remote access nationwide.
Vocational Expert/Life Care Plan reports from OAS can help you document damages in large personal injury cases. If your next catastrophic injury case requires an experienced life care planner or employability expert, call 800-292-1919. We’ll send a proposal containing the experts’ professional qualifications, our fee schedule, and a sample report.
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