Whether you have been the victim of an automobile accident, medical malpractice, or some other form of personal injury negligence in Texas or anywhere in the nation, a strong personal injury attorney must know how to document your limitations and the effects of the injury on your lifestyle and work capacity. Documentation of limitations is also critical to Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability . The easier it is to understand, the easier for a jury or judge to justify a high judgment for your damages.
A San Antonio personal injury attorney will paint a clear picture of your damages by engaging experts to perform very focused evaluations including:
– Hand / Upper Extremity Functional Capacity Evaluations;
– Daily Living Skills tests;
– Back Exams for spinal and neck injuries;
– Work and Vocational Assessments;
– Ergonomic Evaluations; and Occupational Therapy.
The key for a jury is to see the link between the medical evidence provided by doctors and the vocational findings that impact a person’s employability. It is not enough for an attorney to argue to the jury or judge that you suffered a major back injury. A strong Texas personal injury attorney will use experts to demonstrate the effect of the injury on a person’s daily performance and how simple daily tasks have become incredibly difficult. This technique truly demonstrates the tremendous impact of the injury in a way juries can relate to.
For victims of negligence , your attorney may use Occupational Therapists who perform Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs) to assess a person’s work capacities. FCEs are used with vocational evaluations to provide performance-based information that is critical to Workers’ Compensation and Social Security disability claimants.