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Types Of Expert Witnesses In A Personal Injury Case: Vocational Rehabilitation Experts Vocational Rehabilitation

Being involved in an accident can lead to a serious injury or disability. The injuries or disabilities may limit your income or your ability to be employed. This is an extremely difficult situation for anyone to go through; Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his superior team of Buffalo, New York personal injury lawyers want to ease this burden for you by fighting for your best possible compensation for damages. In order to do this, Jed Dietrich, Esq. may hire a vocational rehabilitation expert.

Vocational rehabilitation is the process of helping those with physical, functional and cognitive disabilities and impairments in overcoming the barriers of returning to and maintaining employment. In a personal injury case, the vocational expert can testify in court as to the plaintiff’s employability and earning capacity prior to and after the injury to properly assess damages.

Injuries resulting from an accident can leave one with tremendous financial and physical stress. Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his aggressive, tenacious and hardworking team of Buffalo, New York personal injury lawyers will work tirelessly to help relieve this stress and provide your best possible result. Jed Dietrich, Esq. has access to the eminent vocational rehabilitation experts in Buffalo, New York. Vocational experts have been instrumental in assisting Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his superior team of Buffalo, New York car accident attorneys in securing over $150,000,000.00 on behalf of their clients. Call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C., a Best Law Firm of America, now for a free consultation at 716-839-3939.

How Are Vocational Rehabilitation Experts Qualified?

A vocational expert’s credibility is based on their training, education and experience. Typically, a vocational rehabilitation expert will be a certified rehabilitation counselor, have at least five years of experience practicing with clients and, minimally, have a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. However, the Federal Rules of Evidence take precedence as the court’s standard for an expert to be able to testify in a case:

As stated in Rule 702 of the Federal Rules of Evidence, a witness who is qualified as an expert by knowledge, education, skill, training or experience may testify in the form of an opinion or otherwise if:

  1. The expert’s specialized knowledge will assist the trier of fact in understanding the evidence or to determine a fact in issue;
  2. The testimony is based on sufficient facts or data;
  3. The testimony is based on both reliable principals and methods; and
  4. The expert has reliably applied these principles and methods to the facts of the case.

This high level of experience is needed because their assessment is extremely thorough and encompasses both the medical and economical aspects of a case.

An expert’s evaluation of an injured plaintiff will include:

  1. Medical treatments and medications associated with the injury;
  2. Current mental and physical capacity;
  3. Relevant personal data;
  4. Employment and educational history;
  5. Aptitude and skill testing; and
  6. Employability and earning capacity both before and after the injury.

One of the most critical parts of this assessment is the profile of employability and earning capacity prior to and after the injury. This portion of the assessment highlights how the plaintiff’s functional limitations caused by the injury, as proven by medical records, past and current earning capacity, potential length of employability and life expectancy affect their future loss of income and demonstrates the full extent of damages.

Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his team of elite personal injury attorneys in Buffalo, New York have access to eminent and highly experienced vocational rehabilitation experts to assist in assessing damages and proving your claim. If you, or a loved one, were seriously injured in an accident, call a Best Law Firm of America, the Dietrich Law Firm P.C., NOW at 716-839-3939. We are available 24 hours per day and 7 days per week, and there is never a fee unless we win for you!

What Is The Impact Of A Vocational Rehabilitation Expert On A Personal Injury Case?

In a personal injury case, especially in cases of significant injury, the plaintiff’s injury often results in an inability to perform their job for weeks, months, or in severe cases, the rest of their life. A vocational rehabilitation expert makes a large impact in a personal injury case by providing a legitimate and evidence-based estimate of the economic damages caused by an injury.

Vocational rehabilitation experts can strengthen a personal injury case and properly estimate damages by referencing:

  1. Lost present and future earning capacities of the plaintiff;
  2. Current medical care costs;
  3. The types of jobs the injured plaintiff can perform;
  4. The effect of the injury on the plaintiff’s ability to perform work; and
  5. The previous work the plaintiff has done in the past.
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Overall, the expert’s assessment of these specific factors helps to provide a complete portrayal of the damages caused by the injury. Also, vocational rehabilitation experts have specific skills which separates them from other experts. They have a knowledge of the current job market, employment trends and specific skills of the plaintiff which can show the true extent of economic damages caused by an injury.

A skilled vocational rehabilitation expert can serve as a link between a medical expert and an economic expert by showing the economic damages and the losses in earning capacity caused by physical limitation because of the injury. 

In a personal injury case, you want the best experts and attorneys on your side. Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his aggressive, tenacious and hardworking team of car accident lawyers in Buffalo, New York will not hesitate to hire world-renowned vocational rehabilitation experts to assist in your case and are willing to fight for your best possible result! If you, or a loved one, were seriously injured in an accident, call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C., a Best Law Firm of America, immediately for your free consultation at 716-839-3939. We are available 24 hours per day and 7 days per week, and there is never a fee unless we win for you!


Call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. immediately at 716-839-3939 so that our aggressive, tenacious and hardworking personal injury lawyers can fight to obtain the best result for your personal injury claim in Buffalo, New York. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and there is never a fee until we WIN for you!

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