Vocational rehabilitation is a process that helps people with functional, psychological, developmental, cognitive, or emotional impairments overcome these barriers and obtain and maintain employment. Vocational rehabilitation can help injured plaintiffs prove the existence of such impairments that are a result of an injury, and establish whether they can return to work in given their medical impairments.
Vocational rehabilitation assessment consists of performing vocational tests on an injured plaintiff to evaluate his functional and work capacity. Comprehensive assessments are conducted to measure an individual’s unique strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, and needs for supported employment as well as establishing the injured person’s vocational capacity.
The results of these tests allow vocational experts to provide testimony and reports about the plaintiff’s needs for physical or vocational rehabilitation, their transferable skills, vocational aptitude, and ay necessary workplace accommodation. Vocational experts then take these results in conjunction with labor market information to determine possible job opportunities within the local labor market.
In a personal injury case, vocational rehabilitation can help a plaintiff prove to a judge or jury whether he can or cannot return to work, and what his damages are if he cannot return to the same work he had prior to being injured.
Edmond Provder, a vocational expert from Occupational Assessment Services, is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor who has been practicing for over forty years. He has been involved in some of the largest and complex personal injury cases in New Jersey, New York and Texas. Contact Occupational Assessment Services at 800-292-1919 to discuss how vocational rehabilitation evaluation can help your personal injury case.