Vocational Assessment and Testing
OSC provides a wide variety of vocational assessment and testing services for the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, self-insured employers within Washington state, clients referred by the Dept. Of Veteran's Affairs, and insurance carriers administering claims under various federal Workers’ Compensation programs. Counselors work closely with claims managers, physicians, injured workers, people with disabilites, medical professionals and employers to evaluate and assess return to work needs and eligibility for services. To perform these evaluations, counselors have access to a wide variety of achievement, aptitude, and interest tests to assess return to work options or educational placement. We specialize in negotiating return to work options focused on client and employer benefit.
Rehabilitation Plan Development and Job Placement
OSC counselors provide Plan Development services to individuals with disabilities who do not possess the skills that will allow them transfer into alternate occupations consistent with their disability. Rehabilitation Plans are developed for clients referred to OSC by the Department of Labor and Industries, self-insured employers, the Dept. Of Veteran's Affairs, cases referred under the Longshore Harbor Workers Act, and clients referred to OSC by attorneys. Development of a rehabilitation plan requires careful review of testing and medical information, and utilization of labor market information to select a potential occupational area and training site that matches the workers interests and residual vocational profile. OSC also provides Job Development and Placement services when requested. Over the years we have developed an extensive job bank comprised of past and recent job openings across a wide range of employment areas. We provide in depth job seeking skill assistance ranging from proper completion of an employment application to polishing up interviewing skills.
The practice of case management is a professional and collaborative process that assesses, plans, implements, coordinates, monitors, and evaluates the options and services required to meet an individual’s health needs. It uses communication and available resources to promote health, quality, and cost-effective outcomes in support of the “Triple Aim,” of improving the experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing per capita costs of health care. (CCM website).
Forensic Vocational Services
As a result of our “hands on” Vocational Rehabilitation/Case Management Services, we are in a unique position to provide a wide variety of forensic/vocational services to the legal community working with injured individuals in Workers’ Compensation systems as well as in civil litigation. Our counselors have the education, training and, most importantly, the experience to assess and evaluate the impact of a disability condition on a person’s vocational opportunities and wage earning capacity. We do work at the request of both plaintiff and defense attorneys on cases ranging from relatively straightforward orthopedic injuries to complex catastrophic injuries involving both children and adults. Our counselors regularly testify in both state and federal courts, both locally and regionally. Arenas include but are not limited to personal injury, professional negligence, product liability, employment discrimination, divorce, longshore harbor workers, maritime, railroad, long term disability, and social security.
Life Care Planning
OSC provides extensive life care planning services to catastrophically injured individuals. Our counselors provide effective coordination of services between a wide variety of health care providers involved in the care and treatment of an injured person, resulting in a life care plan document that details the extent, frequency and cost of care over the person’s lifetime. This information is oftentimes utilized in litigation settings and presented in both federal and state courts. Many of our counselors are Certified Case Managers actively performing case management activities with injured people and their families.
OSC counselors have the skill to assist employers in a variety of areas, including provision of job analysis services to provide a job bank for employers detailing the duties, requirements, and physical demands of jobs in their company. This information can be used in conjunction with an overall disability management program for purposes of meeting ADA compliance, reasonable accommodation, and cost savings associated with an early return to work program for injured employees. Modification of jobs is also part of an integrated disability management program geared toward rapidly returning injured employees to work, containing costs of Workers’ Compensation claims and promoting employee benefits and morale.
Economic Damages Calculations
OSC provides consulting services and expert testimony in the assessment of economic damages for both plaintiff and defense counsel. We have prepared economic damages reports for a variety of cases including personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, wrongful termination, business interruption, and employment cases. Working with life care plans, vocational assessments, financial documents, employment records, business records, and other relevant materials, we calculate the present value of economic damages providing clear presentation and explanations both in reports and testimony.
Forensic LCP/Case Management/Past Medical Bill Review
OSC staff develop medical chronology, case analysis and review of past medical expenses for the reasonableness of charges. Case Management Services:The practice of case management is a professional and collaborative process that assesses, plans, implements, coordinates, monitors, and evaluates the options and services required to meet an individual’s health needs. It uses communication and available resources to promote health, quality, and cost-effective outcomes in support of the “Triple Aim,” of improving the experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing per capita costs of health care. (CCM website)