Ted D. Mitchell, DC, MRC, EdS
Licensed Chiropractic Physician & Board Certified Vocational Expert Offering Opinion on the Consequences of Catastrophic Injury or Illness Resulting in Permanent Disability
Catastrophic injury cases include special damages requiring an expert with intimate knowledge of the medical aspects of disability and their relationship to the injured individual's ability to participate in the basic activities of daily living, and his/her ability to return to work.
Dr. Mitchell's clinical background in the treatment of thousands of individuals with traumatic injuries combined with specific education and training in the field of vocational rehabilitation has prepared him for that role.
Dr. Mitchell's expert opinion is based on scientific, technical, and specialized knowledge to help the finder of fact to understand the issues germane to the individual's life care needs and earning potential.
Qualified by actual experience and careful study, our expert testimony includes communicating effectively the rehabilitation opinions about life care and vocational issues in personal injury, workers' compensation, longshore & harbor workers' compensation, social security, marital dissolution, and employment law proceedings. Great care is taken to ensure that all testimony comports with the standards of Daubert and related evidentiary rules.
Record Review and Vocational Rehabilitation Opinion Letter
Provides review and explanation of the information contained within the education, employment, and medical records. Specific questions may be addressed.
Labor Market Surveys
Includes identification of jobs in specified labor markets which are consistent with training, skill, experience, and/or capacity of given individuals.
Future Earning Capacity Assessment
In cases of serious personal injury it is necessary to identify and quantify the loss of access to a particular labor market. Loss of earning capacity assessment includes interviewing, testing, consulting source documents, conducting labor market surveys, and projecting future earnings.
Functional Capacity Evaluations
In cases of serious personal injury it is necessary to identify work that a person can perform based on his/her residual functional capacity. A Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) provides a comprehensive evaluation that measures strength, endurance, physical demand work level and positional tolerance. The FCE is an important tool used to assist employers, physicians, insurance companies, attorneys, case managers and vocational consultants to determine safe, functional levels for an individual to either return to work or to establish functional ability. The evaluation assists referral sources by offering information for adjudication of claims in short/long-term disability, provides return-to-work capabilities and determines ability levels for liability cases using appropriate medical standards.
Includes identification of essential functions and associated physical and mental demands, academic requirements, aptitudes, temperaments, and related characteristics of job for placement of impaired workers and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Life Care Planning
It is both critical and important to assess the "cost of being disabled" with respect to future years of medical care need. Life care planning and related strategies quantify the impact of disability in terms of cost to the person for the remainder of his/her life. Life care plans identify the care needs of those with developmental disabilities, as well as acquired orthopedic, brain, spinal cord, cardiac, and other catastrophic injuries.
ABOUT DR. TED MITCHELL
Ted D. Mitchell, DC, MRC, EdS
As a board certified vocational expert (D/ABVE) and licensed chiropractic physician (DC), Dr. Mitchell is uniquely qualified to offer expert opinion on the consequences of catastrophic injury or illness resulting in permanent disability. With over 20 years of clinical and forensic practice experience and certifications in the evaluation of permanent impairment for disability (AMA Guides 5th & 6th eds), psychometric evaluation, and physiological therapeutics, Dr. Mitchell is quite well-versed in the medical aspects of disability. Additionally, Dr. Mitchell is on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (CME) for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration signifying expertise regarding the qualifications needed for medical certification of operators of commercial vehicles. As a professional qualified to perform physical exams for commercial vehicle drivers, Dr. Mitchell has intimate knowledge of the vocational and medical issues with which these individuals must contend when faced with return to work decisions. Dr. Mitchell is highly qualified as an expert when it comes to accidents and injuries within the trucking industry. Dr. Mitchell has had the opportunity over the years to work both clinically and forensically with patients who have acquired or developmental neurological conditions. In addition to his extensive education in basic and clinical sciences, Dr. Mitchell has attended the Clinical Neurosciences Institute and completed the 300 hours of training in neurology and 150 hours of training in electrodiagnostic medicine offered by this institution. Additionally, Dr. Mitchell has earned, and holds three of the generally accepted rehabilitation certifications (CRC, CVE, ABVE/D) indicating this professional possesses the qualifications necessary to assure the vocational rehabilitation and life care planning services offered are consistent with the standards of the profession and the methodologies that have been endorsed by practitioners.
In addition to the areas listed below, I travel to work with people nation-wide. Please contact us so that we can help you!
Office locations in North, South, and Central Florida:
Orlando, Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Palm Coast, Daytona, Deland, Ocala, Gainesville, West Palm Beach, Plantation, Ft. Lauderdale, Hollywood, Miami
Send all correspondence to:
19 Criston Court
Palm Coast, FL 32137
PHONE: (352) 562-6138
FAX: (386) 225-4257