What Exactly is a Vocational Expert Witness?

  • Dan T. Matrafajlo
  • Mon Jun 2018
  • Personal Injury,
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Expert Witness

In a matter of seconds, a catastrophic accident can forever change every aspect of your life. Your serious injuries can significantly impact your financial livelihood. You may never be able to return to your old job. In fact, you may never be able to work again. What seems evident to you, however, may require proof from the responsible insurance carrier. This is exactly where a vocational expert steps in.

In some cases, your problems may arise from an on-the-job injury. Workplace safety is a serious issue, no matter what line of work you are in. The potential for a workplace injury always exists—whether climbing ladders on a construction site or regularly clicking away on an office computer. Regardless of how cautious you are on the job, there is always a possibility of an injury.

Common Workplace Injuries

The most common workplace injury is being struck by a falling object. Other common workplace injuries include:

  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Muscle strains, frequently sustained from heavy lifting
  • Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Crashes and collisions, including vehicular accidents
  • Exposure to loud noises
  • Inhaling toxic fumes
  • Fights

Who Are Vocational Expert Witnesses?

Your New Jersey personal injury attorney will hire a vocational expert to testify at your workers’ compensation hearing to help demonstrate whether you qualify for any type of employment. These experts are professionals who are knowledgeable about labor market conditions, the specifics of a range of occupations, and the impact that medical conditions can have on an injured person’s employability. They are typically certified rehabilitation counselors and have experience working with disabled persons.

Vocational experts offer an expert opinion on the longevity of the victim’s injuries and its impact on future job performance, as well as recommend needed workplace accommodations.

Only more serious cases generally qualify for the retention of a vocational expert. If your attorney sets you up to meet with a vocational expert, you will be required to go through a battery of tests. For example, some may deal with your hand-eye coordination – and dexterity. If you have language limitations, this will also become part of the evaluation.

Call a New Jersey Personal Injury Attorney

If you or someone you know has suffered any type of injury in an accident caused by the reckless or negligent actions of another driver, an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney can help. Call Beninato & Matrafajlo Attorneys at Law, LLC at 908-248-4404 to schedule a free, complimentary consultation with our legal team today.

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Dan T. Matrafajlo

Dan T. Matrafajlo

NJ State Bar: #031722003

Dan T. Matrafajlo, Esq., is the managing member and lead partner at Beninato and Matrafajlo, Attorneys at Law, LLC. Renowned for groundbreaking contributions to personal injury law, he has set legal precedents with influential Appellate decisions and garnered recognition in the New Jersey Law Journal. A consistent honoree on Super Lawyers' Rising Star list for the past five years, Matrafajlo's litigation prowess is widely acknowledged. He has won various awards like Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters Association 2019, and Nominated into Super Lawyers as a Rising Star from 2012 until the Present.

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