The damage created during a car wreck is not limited to your property and physical injuries. It can also damage your lifestyle. Many people find it difficult to immediately resume normal tasks at work and home. A vocational rehabilitation expert can help you return to normal by placing you into a comparable job that can account for any limitations sustained in the auto accident.
Vocational Rehabilitation Experts do not just skim the surface of your job functionality. They will dig deep when providing testimony to support the case your lawyers are arguing. This includes questions about your work history; the expert will classify each prior job to determine if you can do them and what transferable skills may exist. Also, the Vocational Expert will testify in a series of hypotheticals. This means they will answer what if questions about your ability to do your job to help make your case. These hypotheticals are based on your documented injuries. For example, if your documented injuries show inability to lift objects over a certain weight, the vocational expert may be asked about situations where this task may be needed. These questions will be based on your prior job history discussed earlier, transferable skills, and your current job. The Vocational Expert will have to show that in these hypotheticals you are unable to perform what ifs because of your documented injury. In the example of lifting certain poundage, the expert will have to testify in your ability to do this, taking all that has been discussed already into consideration. Thus, having a Vocational Expert as a witness is imperative to the success of your case.
The knowledge and expertise of a Vocational Rehabilitation Expert should not be understated. They arguably have the most important position in your litigation, which is determining your potential lost wages settlement amount. They do this through careful mathematics based on current work and potential future earnings given your injury. They testify on your injury and how it affects your ability to earn income. In addition, they help the court to understand your work history and transferable skills. This is done to argue hypothetical situations to prove you cannot perform certain tasks associated with your skill set and job prior to the accident. This expert testimony provides your lawyers with key information to argue so that you get the lost wages settlement you deserve, according to the letter of the law.