Lost earnings and lost earning capacity are often a major component of the economic damages in a personal injury case. The process for calculating loss of earning capacity requires first determining pre-injury earning capacity and then determining post-injury earning capacity. In most cases, having a vocational evaluation is a crucial element in determining both pre-injury and post-injury earning capacity.
A vocational evaluation is a process to predict or estimate work behaviors and vocational potential. Vocational evaluators use multiple methods, tools and approaches to provide accurate vocational evaluations and assessments. Vocational assessments focus on the injured person’s interests, aptitudes, physical capabilities and their established work history. A vocational assessment includes review of medical records, a clinical interview with the injured person, and review of detailed educational and employment records.
Advanced Disability Management’s can provide the following analyses to determine the pre-injury and post-injury employability of the injured party:
- Review of injured party’s educational and medical records.
- Vocational assessment – analysis of aptitudes, educational attainment and potential, and work history.
- Expert reports and testimony.
- Job requirements and employability assessment – analysis of medical limitations, retraining possibilities and adaptive technology.
- Transferrable skills analysis.
- Job and labor market evaluation to identify available, appropriate jobs for the injured party
- Rehabilitation plans.
- Definition of reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
If you would like additional information on ADM’s Vocational Expert Witness services and how we may further assist you, please call 866-491-5199, ext. 100 and we will be glad to address your questions.