Vocational Expert for Job Loss and Earnings Capacity Cases

The Role of Vocational Rehabilitation Experts in Injury Cases

Vocational experts (VE’s) are asked to provide opinions on cases that involve a severe physical injury, a child’s injury’s impact on future earnings, underemployed adults or those adults who have had no work experience.

Because VE's are experts in what physical requirements are needed for the workplace, they can determine when an injured child or adult can perform the physical demands required had they not been injured.

If the injured person is an adult, and can no longer perform their past work, they may have to accept a lower paying job, and their injury may result in an earnings loss, or in the extreme, a loss of all income.

There are other types of cases, such as spousal support comma in which a VE's expertise becomes necessary. This type of case typically involves a spouses’ underemployment or identifying a vocational skill set when a homemaker is considering reentering the workforce after a lengthy time of non-employment or no employment at all.

What are the issues considered by vocational experts?
When a person has a work history the vocational expert can use that past history to gauge future work and earnings. When there is no work history different types of information become necessary.

For instance, when there is no work history as with a minor age child; the VE may use the child's parents’ educational level or the child's aptitudes and intellectual functioning as a basis for an opinion about their future earnings if their work potential was not interrupted by their impairment catastrophic injury or untimely death.

How can a VE determine job availability?
VEs assist legal counsel by providing a comprehensive analysis of the job market in the specific geographic area where the person resides, based upon their vocational assessment, their gender, education, age and other available factors.

Local and national databases along with governmental and non-governmental labor force surveys and the Bureau of Labor statistics are utilized.

The VE then provides an analysis and opinion about the child injured adult, unemployed or homemakers earning potential.

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VEs assist legal counsel by providing a comprehensive analysis of the job market in the specific geographic area where the person resides, based upon their vocational assessment, their gender, education, age and other available factors.

Local and national databases along with governmental and non-governmental labor force surveys and the Bureau of Labor statistics are utilized.

The VE then provides an analysis and opinion about the child injured adult, unemployed or homemakers earning potential.

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In the intricate realm of legal cases involving severe physical injuries, loss of income, or underemployment, securing the expertise of vocational rehabilitation experts is paramount. At Dr. Kenneth J. Manges & Associates, we specialize in providing comprehensive vocational expert services to support legal counsel in these complex matters.

Understanding the Role of Vocational Rehabilitation Experts

Vocational experts (VEs) play an important role in evaluating the impact of injuries or circumstances on an individual's ability to work and earn a living. Whether it's assessing the future earning potential of a child affected by injury, determining suitable job options for an underemployed adult, or guiding a homemaker reentering the workforce, VEs offer invaluable insights into vocational rehabilitation.

Key Issues Considered by Vocational Experts

When evaluating a case, vocational experts meticulously analyze various factors to formulate informed opinions:

  • For individuals with a work history, past employment records serve as a foundation for assessing future work opportunities and potential earnings. 
  • In cases where there is no work history, alternative metrics such as educational level, aptitudes, and intellectual functioning are utilized to gauge future earning potential.

For instance, in the case of a minor child without a work history, a VE may rely on the parents' educational background and the child's aptitudes to estimate their potential earnings if not for their impairment or injury.

Determining Job Availability with Precision

One of the critical tasks of vocational experts is to assess job availability based on a myriad of factors, including geographic location, demographics, education, age, and gender. Through meticulous analysis of local and national databases, labor force surveys, and Bureau of Labor statistics, VEs provide legal counsel with insights into the job market landscape relevant to the individual's circumstances.

By leveraging their vocational assessment expertise and utilizing comprehensive data sources, VEs offer precise guidance on the earning potential of individuals affected by injury, unemployment, or homemakers seeking reentry into the workforce.

Dr. Manges' Vocational Expert Services

At Dr. Kenneth J. Manges & Associates, we offer unparalleled vocational expert services tailored to meet the unique needs of each case. Our team conducts thorough assessments and utilizes a diverse array of data sources to provide comprehensive analyses of the job market.

By tapping into local and national databases, labor force surveys, and statistical resources, we offer precise insights into job availability and earning potential, empowering legal counsel to make well-informed decisions.

Whether you're navigating a case involving a catastrophic injury, loss of income, or underemployment, trust Dr. Kenneth J. Manges & Associates to provide the expert vocational guidance you need. With our dedication to excellence and commitment to client satisfaction, we stand ready to support you every step of the way.

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Dr. Kenneth Manges - Forensic Psychologist and Vocational expert

Dr. Kenneth Manges is a Forensic Psychologist and vocational expert who offers consultation and comprehensive evaluations. His analyses have been recognized for their clarity and scientific rigor. He offers reasonably certain opinions about the psychological impact of physical injury or emotional trauma as they affect earning capacity and the impact of loss on future work and quality of life. Well regarded in the litigation arena, he is a trusted and respected authority and offers evaluations that have been consistently upheld in both state and federal courts.