We recognise that complex, multifaceted cases often need the involvement and specialist knowledge of other experts – such as non-medical experts and allied health professionals – in order to resolve specific questions and assist with determining a person’s level of function. Our expansive panel of experts are available and ready to settle those questions about your case.
It may be that you require the services of an engineer to help establish the physical or technical cause of an accident. Or you may need the services of one of our many allied health professionals to conduct a functional capacity assessment, to help progress your case.
No matter the expertise you need, our panel experts will provide a thorough, independent assessment and report to guide you towards better case outcomes.
An accident reconstruction report investigates, analyses and assists in drawing conclusions about the causes and events during a vehicle collision. The report includes in-depth collision analysis and reconstruction to identify the cause and contributing factors in different types of collisions including the role of the driver(s), vehicle(s), roadway and the environment.
An Activity of Daily Living Assessment is undertaken at the home of an injured person. It is an analysis of an injured person’s functional capabilities in the areas one would generally be expected to perform in order to maintain an independent life. The assessment reviews activities from self-care to domestic, garden and general activities in and around the home.
Addiction medicine is a medical specialty that deals with the treatment of addiction. The specialty often crosses over into other areas such as public health, psychology, social work, mental health counselling, psychiatry and internal medicine, amongst others. Incorporated within the specialty are the processes of detoxification, rehabilitation, harm reduction, abstinence-based treatment, individual and group therapies. A General Practitioner or Psychiatrist is able to provide opinion in this area.
Biomechanical engineers work with doctors and medical scientists, researching and designing ways to improve health care and medical services. They may use microcomputers, lasers and other materials to develop and improve medical research equipment that is used to diagnose health problems. Reports in this discipline are provided to assess the necessity of equipment and medical products used to monitor and treat an injured person or designing and improving equipment for the injured or disabled.
A driving assessment is usually undertaken by an occupational therapist or practitioner with specialised training in driver rehabilitation. This type of driving evaluation typically includes two parts: one part in an office or clinic and the second part behind the wheel of a car. The purpose of the evaluation in the office or clinic is to examine the physical, visual and mental abilities required for safe driving.
Expert reports in many disciplines of engineering apply the various skills and methodologies to answer questions of fact that may have legal ramifications for our clients. This can include determination of the physical or technical causes of accidents or failures, preparation of reports and presentation of testimony or advisory opinions that can assist in the resolution of related disputes. Forensic engineering reports are concerned typically with investigations of failures of constructed facilities; rock falls, collapses of structures, crashes and failures of consumer products.
An ergonomic analysis involves a detailed evaluation of the physical, cognitive, environmental and psychosocial factors of a job. We advocate a participative ergonomics model, which involves all stakeholders in the problem solving process. This creates ownership and acceptance of both problems and solutions, increases the drive for interventions to succeed and instills a problem solving mentality amongst workers for the mutual benefit of workers and employer. This can be carried out by an occupational therapist or physiotherapist.
Accredited exercise physiologists can provide training in safe manual handling; perform functional assessments; carry out fitness tests, perform body composition tests and musculoskeletal assessments; and provide lifestyle education to help people manage their health conditions.
A Functional Capacity Evaluation can assess a person’s physical capability. The participant undertakes a series of strength and fitness assessments, and their manual handling techniques are observed. If necessary, these are corrected and feedback is sought from participants as to any pain or discomfort felt.
This report is designed to identify barriers that are inhibiting a person’s return to function and develop practical solutions to move a person forward. This assessment is conducted by a clinical psychologist who will assess an injured person’s psychological condition, the suitability of current treatment and the injured person’s current fitness for work or functioning.
A Future Care Costs Assessment is a long term needs analysis usually undertaken by an occupational therapist. The goal of the assessment is to predict an individual’s long term needs following injury or illness and provide information about the costs associated with meeting those needs. The assessment compares the client’s previous level of functioning and care requirements with their current and future needs. It takes into account assistance and support required to undertake activities of daily living, including self-care, domestic, work and leisure activities. It also considers long term prognosis and the likely progression of the illness or injury and determines services required to optimise independence and functioning.
An occupational health assessment is a medical assessment of an employee by an occupational health professional. It assesses an employee’s physical and mental health, and provides the employer with recommendations on what they can do to ensure a safe and healthy working environment for that employee. Its primary purpose is to prevent work-related injuries.
Traffic engineering reports use engineering techniques to determine the safe and efficient movement of people and goods on roadways. They focus mainly on safe and efficient traffic flow, such as road geometry, sidewalks and crosswalks, cycling infrastructure, traffic signs, road surface markings and traffic lights.
A vocational assessment is used to analyse an individual’s current skills and experience, set vocational goals and outline potential job options. The assessment takes into account the individual’s functional and work capacity and identifies transferable skills. It also includes an assessment of labour market information. This type of comprehensive report will outline a person’s vocational options, possible retraining needs and a labour market analysis.
A Worksite Assessment is an analysis of an injured worker’s workplace to help identify potential alternative duties at the worksite. It is required when there is a need to identify what duties are appropriate for an injured worker in the case of them being unable to return to their normal employment either temporarily or for the foreseeable future. This is normally completed in conjunction with a treating medical practitioner and rehabilitation specialist.