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Blue Ridge Vocational Associates, LLC is a vocational expert practice that provides vocational expert witness services to litigants, plaintiffs / defense attorneys, and insurance companies on complex vocational issues pertaining to employability, earning capacity, and expert testimony.
Types of Cases
Catastrophic injuries can cause a permanent disability, chronic pain, and permanent lifestyle changes. Catastrophic injuries can leave individuals with the inability to live life as they had in the past. BRVA has experience working catastrophic injuries that include traumatic brain injuries, amputation, spinal cord injuries, loss of vision or hearing, and other injuries that lead to long term disability.
In medical malpractice cases, BRVA can determine if a person suffered damages that impacts the ability to earn money. BRVA makes the connection between the medical evidence proving the injury, and the vocational impact showing what the injury means for a person’s ability to work.
Personal injury covers accidents and injuries that can result in compensatory damages. Injuries may affect future employment opportunities. For example, an individual who engages in manual labor may experience a loss of earnings capacity if a back injury impairs the ability to lift. Plaintiff and defense attorneys rely on BRVA to prove or contest damages.
BRVA can provide important evidence when a claim is made for temporary or permanent disability benefits. BRVA can determine the kind of work that a client can perform in light of restrictions imposed by physicians due to work injury.
Our purpose is to use holistic approaches, rigorous techniques, and reliable methodologies to simply illustrate the vocational aspect of your case.
What does BRVA do for you?
BRVA provides impartial expert opinion evidence about a claimant’s vocational abilities. The federal agency, which relies heavily on the findings of VEs when deciding whether to award long – term disability benefits, further clarifies that “an ideal VE will have up to date knowledge of, and experience with, industrial and occupational trends and local labor market conditions.”
BRVA takes all of the following into consideration when determining whether a person possesses the capacity to continue doing the work he or she did before getting injured:
The skill level and physical and mental demands of the former occupations
The existence and incidence of jobs within the previous occupational category
The characteristics of the work setting