The Vocational Assessment is a vital component of any case involving the ability to work post-injury or post-life-altering event. This assessment may include a Loss of Earning Capacity Evaluation and can be used for both able-bodied and disabled individuals. Types of cases: personal injury, employment law, medical malpractice, product liability (Mass Tort), wrongful incarceration, Workers’ compensation, matrimony, veteran’s disability Social Security disability, or cases involving injuries or death of an infant or child.
Employability & Earning Capacity Evaluation: This evaluation assesses the vocational capacity and ability of an individual to be competitively employed. The evaluation is comprised of a myriad of assessments, including a vocational diagnostic interview, vocational testing, analysis of a person’s transferable skills, and research pertaining to what a person can earn in the competitive local labor market.
Our experts help answer questions such as:
- How have the injuries or life-altering event affected the client’s ability to function and/or work?
- Will the client be able to earn a living at the same level prior to his/her injury?
- What are the Loss of Earnings (damages), short-term and long-term, that the client will suffer due to the injury?
- In the case of divorce, does the spouse, able-bodied or disabled, have transferrable skills and what potential do he/she have to earn a living?
- In the case of an infant, child, or young adult, our experts are able to extrapolate the future loss of their income across their lifetime.
Bridging the Gap:
Attorneys use PVE reports to assist in determining the level of damages, with the understanding that the information is based on foundational medical professional opinions. PVE reports can be used as the groundwork for the subsequent Economists’ report, calculating inflation and other factors, which further increases future-related damages.
In using a PVE report, attorneys are able to clearly substantiate their demand, which aids in fast-tracking their case toward settlement. If and when the case moves to trial, attorneys are confident that the PVE has objectively documented the damages and are thus prepared to testify at trial.