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Using Vocational Therapists in a TX Brain injury case.

| Dec 16, 2013 | Brain Injury |

When considering experts in a Texas brain injury case, consider a vocational therapist. In conjunction with the vocational therapist, you may want to use an occupational therapists. Occupational therapists use purposeful activities as a means of preventing, reducing, or overcoming physical and emotional challenges to ensure the highest level of independent functioning in meaningful daily living. Areas commonly addressed include: thinking shills; vision; driving; money management; time management; priority setting; and homemaking.

But don’t limit yourself there. You may find these other experts useful in your brain injury case: social workers and recreational therapists. Compensation for lost earning capacity is recoverable when such loss is the immediate and necessary consequence of an injury. Smith v. Corsat, 131 S.E.2d 894, 897 (1963). Per Smith v. Corsat, factors like age, education, occupation of the victim and the nature of the victim’s employment are appropriate in determining the amount of compensation for such loss that resulted from a personal injury.

In the known case of Curry v. Baker, The vocational evaluator administered tests to measure Curry’s academic ability, basic aptitudes, work values and interests. The vocational therapist stated that although Curry had attended college for several years, he read on a seventh grade comprehension level following the automobile accident. This result is consistent with a person who has suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The vocational evaluator further testified that other test results were consistent with the TBI finding.

How do you calculate the economic loss? An economist, using information from a vocational therapist, can help calculate the economic loss in the past and future.

If you have questions about a Texas brain injury case, feel free to contact a personal injury lawyer in Houston or San Antonio. You can reach at attorney at 713-454-7875.

  – Article By Richard Weaver

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