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Your Guide to Forensic Vocational Evaluations

Are you an attorney, risk manager, or HR professional who is looking for a vocational evaluation? The expert team at Solutions Northwest, Inc. can provide you with a vocational assessment for a range of situations. In this article, we will explain what goes into the vocational evaluation process. 

What Happens During a Forensic Vocational Evaluation?

During the evaluation, a vocational expert will determine a plaintiff’s ability to work. Following injury, a worker who is seeking workers’ compensation benefits may need to prove that he or she is unable to work.

Divorce proceedings may need one or both spouses to determine their ability to work following the divorce. The results of vocational testing during divorce proceedings could determine alimony.

A vocational evaluation could also determine the earning potential of a spouse. This could be important when the spouse has been a stay-at-home parent for several or more years. 

Who Performs Vocational Evaluations

Medical experts or professional evaluators are often used as vocational expert witnesses. They determine whether an injury has impaired or disabled an individual. Both terms have distinct definitions.

What to Expect During the Evaluation Process

Vocational assessments vary by situation and state. The evaluator may conduct a file review and interview. The educational level (high school, college, graduate school) is also important to look at. Past work experience and medical records are all factors that are weighed during an evaluation. 

If the evaluation is being performed to determine disability, the evaluator may test many factors that include:

  • Gross and fine motor skills
  • Reading ability
  • Reasoning abilities
  • Language skills
  • Arithmetic skills

In some cases, a standardized test may be given. Based on the evaluation, the professional evaluator issues a report that can be used during court proceedings. 

Can Solutions Northwest, Inc. Evaluators Testify?

Our vocational rehabilitation experts have graduate degree training. We also have many years of testimony experience.

Are you preparing an important case? Our professional evaluators will be able to explain the details of your case to jurors. Our experts will give testimony in a manner that is easy to understand.

We base testimony on data and facts, not opinion. Our senior partner has a master-level education in Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodation issues. He also is an expert in workers’ compensation and disability management. 

Work with Vocational Experts You Can Trust

A forensic vocational evaluation is a complicated process. It should only be completed by experienced professionals.

Our experts hold graduate degrees. They have many years of experience providing vocational evaluations and testifying in court. 

Whether you are looking for consulting services for ergonomic services or ADA accommodations, our experienced evaluators are trained to help your workers stay at work. To learn more about how we can serve your legal or HR needs, please contact Solutions Northwest, Inc. online today. 

Consider contacting  Solutions Northwest Inc., we can help you find a vocational expert or give you general vocational consulting. Our vocational experts are involved in personal injury, workers’ compensation, and family law.

If you need our guidance, our legal experts are ready to guide you through the process.

Contact us today to make an appointment.

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Corporate Office: 120 State Ave. NE #397
Olympia, WA 98501
Business Hours: 8am-5pm M-F
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