Since its inception in 1986, lawyers representing plaintiffs and defendants have retained CCA to evaluate case materials and claimants, and to testify, if necessary, as an expert witness in court proceedings or other forums. The most frequent expert analyses CCA performs relate to issues involving vocational rehabilitation, life care planning, and rehabilitation psychology. In family law cases, CCA typically assesses earning capacity for purposes related to the imputation of alimony. CCA expertise is most often sought in disputes related to personal injury, medical malpractice, marriage dissolution, employment law, product liability, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Career Counselors as Forensic Experts
Most people do not fully appreciate the value of their earning capacity until it has been threatened, damaged, or needs to be fully harnessed. Published by the National Career Development Association on May 1, 2006, this article gives on overview of earning capacity disputes and gives direction on methods to conduct a career-related forensic assessment.
Michael Shahnasarian, Ph.D., president of Career Consultants of America, Inc., addressing an international audience of vocational experts at an annual conference of the American Board of Vocational Experts. His presentation experience at national and international conferences has spanned more than 30 years, and he has considerable media experience including serving as a columnist with USA Today for 5 years.