The Occupational Requirements Survey (ORS)

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by Brenda Martinez Richardson, MS, CRC, PVE, IPEC What is The Occupational Requirements Survey (ORS)? The Occupational Requirements Survey (ORS) is a product of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The ORS is commissioned by the Social Security Administration (SSA). The results are meant to replace the use of Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) classifications […]

An Overview of Vocational Issues within Gray Divorce Cases

Gray Divorce Rates are Increasing From 1990 onwards, the cases of “Gray Divorce,” or divorce after age 50, have increased substantially, to the point where a larger share of individuals are experiencing divorce in the second half of life (Lin et al, 2018). The nature of working and an older population can lead to unique […]

Proving PTD in Workers’ Compensation: What Makes a Good Job Search?

by Brenda Martinez Richardson and Tracey Wilkerson What is PTD (Permanent Total Disability)? Permanent total disability (PTD) is the compensation for disability that may be paid to Florida’s injured workers post-MMI (maximum medical improvement). Claimants need to have become permanently and totally disabled, as defined under the Florida Workers’ Compensation Act, section 440, Fla. Stat. […]

Divorce Vocational Evaluations During COVID-19

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A vocational evaluation is a useful tool for divorce cases, providing a wide variety of information. A vocational evaluation may be used to determine an individual’s ability to work, wage earning capacity, and which jobs are available in the local labor market. Both formal and informal types of data can be obtained from vocational evaluations. […]

TDIU: Total Disability Individual Unemployability

Who Can Provide Expert Opinion on Veteran’s Disability Condition? When it comes to a Total Disability Based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU) case, Vocational Experts are not the only experts who are called upon to offer their opinion on a veteran’s disabling condition and how it impacts their ability to work. Medical professionals, whether they are […]

TDIU and SSDI: What Do the Agencies’ Interaction Mean for Vocational Experts?

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Coordination of Benefits According to an article by Muller et al. (2004), in recent years, there have been pushes to have more coordination between the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) disability compensation program and Social Security Administration (SSA)’s disability programs. This has been done to help improve the interaction between the two organizations in order […]

Older Veterans and TDIU: The Unique Vocational Challenges for a Growing Population

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Older Veterans with Disability Benefits have Increased Veterans claiming disability have long since been a growing population, including those veterans who are collecting Total Disability Based on Individual Employability (TDIU). As of 2013 onward, the number of older veterans receiving disability benefits in general have increased. According to an article published by GAO in 2015, […]

Role of a Vocational Expert in a TDIU Claim

by Devin Lessne, MA, MS, CRC, CDMS, ABVE/F, PVE, IPEC and Claire Ziegler, MA, CRC, IPEC The Orange County Bar Association – The Briefs – October 2020 What are Vocational Assessments for TDIU Claims? A vocational assessment can provide valuable information for decision-makers regarding Total Disability Individual Unemployability cases, also known as TDIU cases and […]