My work is helpful during litigation following an injury or condition that leads to disability. In any type of litigation, if the disability or limitation is significant, more than likely, there will be questions about work and future earnings. In fact, a multitude of questions will arise as the case develops. As a well-trained and open minded vocational expert, I love to answer (and come up with) questions!
Do you have questions regarding an injured worker’s future in the workforce?
I’d love to find your answers!
A solid answer describes employment related issues relevant in workers’ compensation, wrongful death, medical malpractice cases, personal injury, family law and many other areas of civil litigation.
It is important to quantify the loss, but how about going further to qualify it and define the best course of action to remedy it? Let’s characterize what is really going on by providing the facts, then finding help in the best places and describing everything in detail!
Questions involve at least a 3 prong approach, and so do Answers!
What, How, Why?
Start with concrete observations (What):
Move to understanding (How):
Step out on a limb of interpretation (Why):
Who, Where, When?
Continue on to the specific people involved (Who):
Describe the locality and environmental issues (Where):
Specify timelines and approaches that make sense (When):
These are randomly generated great questions! Remember, your answer will be multi-layered!
What occupation(s) is this person qualified to do?
Is this person employable? Where?
How many jobs has this person held? Is that “normal”
What are this person’s key transferable skills?
What did the person’s job involve? (need for job description and/or job analysis)
What was the real reason for termination? Why did it happen?
Is the job search reasonable and effective? How can you be sure?
Why has the worker not found employment?
Is the quality of the job search material (eg: resume and cover letter) effective? How?
How long does a job search take in a particular field? Why?
Why is motivation a factor in a job seeker’s vocational goal?
What barriers influence this person’s hireability? employability? placeability?
What factors influence compensation and/or earnings?
What vocational services are available to assist with return to employment?
Why is this person underemployed? Or unemployed?
What motivates this person to work?
What is the wage range for a particular occupation (or field/grouping of jobs?)
What is this person’s earning capacity? How is that calcculated?
Is the work physical demanding? How so?
Are there ergonomic issues in regards to this work? What are they?
What assistive technology or work tools would allow the work to be performed differently?
What markets employ this vocation? Is it viable?
What is the effect on smoking and pain? Or to overall injury recovery?
Is age discrimination occurring? Why is this?
Is this person’s mobility in the workforce good or not good? Why?
What accommodations are available for work? How are they accessed?
What are the job requirements or essential functions of this work?
Does the work environment affect productivity? How?
What does this person’s future employment outlook look like?
Just one more question…
Why not call me ~ Amy ~ at 515-282-7753 to ask me your questions directly?
If I could help you in your work, please let me know!
If you have questions on a case that have anything to do with work and serious disability, you need solid and detailed information to base your decisions!
Additionally, life care planning that encompasses forensic vocational rehabilitation consulting is a unique concept. It offers you, the judge, and jury with information guaranteed to help your litigated case move along. Keep in mind, I pay particular attention to health and safety!
My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people participate in the world around them, particularly in their own world of work.