In Florida and many other states, workers’ compensation pays permanent total disability (PTD) benefits when an employee is unable to be employed because of a work-related disability. In Florida, an employee can prove unemployability, and...

A recent court decision in Florida illustrates how vocational experts help family law attorneys whose clients seek or contest the payment of alimony. Facts of the Case Heather and Michael were married for more than...

Plaintiffs’ lawyers recognize the value of expert testimony regarding life care planning. Defense attorneys often bemoan the verdicts that juries award in reliance on the testimony of a life care planner. While insurance companies have...

A Florida products liability case from South Carolina illustrates how qualified vocational experts can satisfy the federal requirements for admissible expert testimony. Gene Moore was injured while using a climbing treestand. The treestand is essentially...

Veterans who do not have a total disability rating may nevertheless qualify for total disability benefits if they are found to be unemployable. Vocational experts can provide essential evidence to influence the Veterans Administration (VA)...

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a disruption of the brain’s ability to function normally due to an outside event. In 2017, more than one million patients were treated in emergency departments for a TBI....

Plaintiffs’ lawyers sometimes try to prove the loss of future earning capacity through the testimony of a treating physician. A recent decision from a federal court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania illustrates the risk...

Loss of future earnings and loss of earning capacity are very different measures of damages that result from a personal injury. Although both kinds of damages are caused by vocational impairment, they are based on...

In routine personal injury cases, juries award damages for past medical expenses, wage loss, and pain and suffering. Since jury awards can be predicted by comparing the plaintiff’s case to verdicts returned in similar cases...

When accident victims suffer catastrophic injuries, their lawyers rely on life care planners to help them estimate the cost of their future needs. Insurance defense counsel retains life care planners to review the plaintiff’s expert...