An individual’s employment and earning capacity is often a highly-contested aspect in many forms of litigation. This is understandable when considering the extensive economic damages which can occur over the remainder of someone’s work life when displaced from employment. A vocational expert is the only qualified practitioner to evaluate the true scope of economic damages as it relates to employment capacity, wage loss, and loss of earning capacity. Through years of experience in the vocational rehabilitation industry, Jody Malcolm and her staff are well qualified to prepare comprehensive vocational expert reports and provide compelling expert testimony in a variety of matters including, but not limited to:
The team at Malcolm & Associates not only lends its expertise through decades of experience, but we also rely upon current objective employment data, standards of practice established by our associated credentialing bodies, and the facts as set forth in the plaintiff’s detailed vocational profile. Establishing the extent of wage loss and loss of earning capacity is much more than a simple math calculation, so it is important to retain the most experienced and well-suited experts for the task.
In addition to our vocational expert report production and testimony, we can also conduct a thorough review of the opposing party’s vocational expert opinion report to determine if the findings are consistent with established industry standards and representative of the specific case.
Utilizing our intensive records review process, in-depth interview approach, and/or comprehensive analysis of labor market conditions, we are able to make determinations regarding employability and loss of earning capacity that are rooted in published data and reinforced by our compelling and articulate interpretation of the findings.
If it is the vocational opinion that the plaintiff may be restored to suitable gainful employment, we will utilize our mastery of job search resources to identify potential job classifications within the current labor market that are physically and vocationally appropriate for the plaintiff. Wage information for the recommended job titles are obtained through industry-standard sources in order to determine whether the plaintiff has sustained any wage loss, loss of earning capacity, or any additional damages pertinent to a change or loss of employment.