Permanent injuries are unfortunately common in motor vehicle collisions, and they may restrict an individual's ability to perform work-related tasks for the remainder of their life. Vocational rehabilitation experts help to demonstrate the full impact of the injuries, specifically how they affect an individual's ability to work. In a personal injury claim, an accident victim can recover money damages for lost future earning capacity and likely early retirement that is caused by disability. Raleigh car accident attorney Carl Nagle brings decades of experience to his legal representation of victims seeking justice following a crash. Mr. Nagle worked as an insurance defense attorney and an insurance claims adjuster before founding Nagle & Associates, and he understands the emphasis that insurance adjusters, judges, and juries place on permanent injuries when calculating a damages award A vocational rehabilitation expert may increase the worth of a case by setting forth a lifetime earnings reduction.
At Nagle & Associates, we understand the significant financial stress caused by a car accident, and we strive to help victims during this period of anxiety and uncertainty. Mr. Nagle and our team of professionals provide dependable legal representation to people throughout North Carolina, including in Raleigh, Winston-Salem, Asheville, and Wilmington.
Vocational Rehabilitation Experts May Increase the Value of a Personal Injury Claim
After suffering injuries due to the negligence of another party, accident victims may pursue a personal injury claim against the at-fault party. They would try to demonstrate the liability of the defendant, which is often set forth by proving the four elements of a negligence claim: duty, breach, causation, and damages. After showing that the defendant was liable, the victim would set forth their damages.
When permanent injuries have affected an individual's ability to perform work, a vocational rehabilitation expert can provide testimony that supports a determination of potential lost wages, as well as other damages. As an authority in the areas of vocational and earning capacity and vocational rehabilitation, these experts can evaluate the victim for the purposes of their personal injury claim. Vocational rehabilitation experts are qualified to legally testify on behalf of accident victims, as opposed to consultants, who cannot provide testimony in a courtroom.
Vocational experts may provide testimony regarding whether a plaintiff needs physical or vocational rehabilitation. Additionally, a vocational expert may look at factors such as the victim's current physical and mental capabilities, their skill testing and occupational interest, and the medical treatment associated with the injury. They will help determine what the injured individual would have earned before the accident, and by comparing this to their potential earnings after the accident, they can reach a valuation of those two earning levels over time.
Vocational rehabilitation experts may be able to assess the degree to which an injured individual can function after being hurt in an accident. A report prepared by a vocational rehabilitation expert will assess the plaintiff's employability and ability to earn wages both before and after the accident. In many cases, the expert's report will also set forth various employability options, as well as recommendations such as additional training. If an accident has rendered an individual disabled, the expert will be able to set forth their opinion about the nature of this disability. Finally, vocational rehabilitation experts can design a plan for accident victims to return to the job force, while accounting for their injuries.
Discuss the Details of Your Car Crash Claim with a Skilled Raleigh Injury Attorney
If you have suffered injuries in a car accident and are facing potential lost earning capacity, Mr. Nagle and the team at Nagle & Associates can help. We are prepared to enlist a vocational rehabilitation expert to make a strong case for how the injuries have affected your ability to earn income. Raleigh attorney Carl Nagle can help you pursue the damages that you deserve, including the income that you need in order to provide for your family. Each case is unique and requires a careful evaluation by a skilled attorney to determine whether an expert would be helpful. At Nagle & Associates, Mr. Nagle has the experience that you need in order to pursue full compensation for harm caused by the negligence or reckless conduct of others. We have helped victims and their families throughout the state, including people in Wilmington, Raleigh, Asheville, Winston-Salem, Charlotte, Greensboro, Hickory, and other communities in Forsyth, Mecklenburg, Wake, Guilford, Durham, Brunswick, Cumberland, New Hanover, and Catawba Counties. We can begin working on your case immediately, and representation by our firm costs nothing upfront. Call our office at (800) 411-1583 or complete our online form to schedule a free consultation with a skilled motor vehicle collision attorney.