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Expert in Vocational Rehabilitation/Loss of Earning Capacity

Expert ID: 734187 Florida, USA

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SMA CASE MANAGEMENT

Certified Rehabilitation Counselor
Certified Life Care Planner

SERVICES OFFERED:
Vocational Rehabilitation Assessments
Life Care Plans
Vocational Evaluation
Transferable Skills Analysis
Labor Market Survey
Vocational Expert Testimony
Job Placement Assistance
Disability Case Management
Vocational Testing

Specialties: Personal Injury, Maritime Injury (Longshore, Defense Base Act, Jones Act), Workers' Compensation, Family Law, Medical Malpractice, Elder Law.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: Degree: B.A. Subject: Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Psychology and Sociology Institution: University of South Florida
Year: 2009 Degree: M.A. Subject: Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling Institution:

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2011 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Case Manager/ Vocational Specialist/ Life Care Planner Department: Responsibilities: Owner/Case management direction to assist injured individuals in returning to active employment
Years: 2009 to 2011 Employer: Lamorte Burns Title: Specialist Department: Responsibilities: Field investigation and administration of P&I losses for TPA of high impact USL&H losses in southeast Florida. Oversee/supervise medical management, legal and vocational rehabilitation vendors. Duties include overseeing and reporting of safety policies and procedures. Work with employers and injured individuals in transitional or alternative work following catastrophic losses.
Years: 2002 to 2009 Employer: Zenith Insurance Company Title: Longshore Claims Manager Department: Responsibilities: Investigate and administer USL&H losses in United States for monoline carrier. Training of claims, underwriting, safety and premium audit on maritime jurisdiction. Audits of premium allocations for maritime losses, safety and underwriting practices. Assisted policy holders with emphasis on organization's early return to work program, transitional employment and loss control measures.
Years: 1993 to 2002 Employer: Lamorte Burns & Co Inc. Title: Maritime Specialist Department: Responsibilities: Texas, Florida, New York/Connecticut
Years: 1991 to 1993 Employer: CNA Insurance Title: Sr. Specialist Department: Responsibilities: Investigated USL&H/Jones Act losses with emphasis on return to work and alternative employment following catastropic losses for national risks.
Years: 1988 to 1991 Employer: Cigna Administration Title: Sr. Specialist Department: Responsibilities: Handled catastrophic loses in maritime (USL&H/Jones Act) matters in TX, LA and MS. Included field investigations and resolutions on third party matters, for national and international accounts, including emphasis on return to work and alternative employment.
Years: 1982 to 1988 Employer: Lemle Kelleher Title: Paralegal to T.W. Thorne, Sr. Maritime Partner Department: Responsibilities: Legal preparation of P&I/Longshore claims in active litigation, including New Orleans Stevedores v. Turner, 661 F.2d 1031, 14 BRBS 156 (5th Circuit decision related to 2 prong test where employers satisfy the burden of demonstrating suitable alternative employment). Field investigation/assistance in maritime losses for self insured employers.

Career Accomplishments

Licenses / Certifications
Certified Rehabilitation Counselor
Certified Life Care Planner
Florida Qualified Rehabilitation Provider

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
EDUCATION:

University of South Florida, Tampa FL
B.A. Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Psychology and Sociology, cum laude
University of South Florida, Tampa FL

M.A. Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling (May, 2009)
Practicum I, II and Internship: First Step – substance abuse counseling, Sarasota Drug Court (GED Instructor/Job Coach/Outpatient Substance Abuse Counseling)
Area of Research in Graduate School: Treatment of PTSD in Female Soldiers serving in Gulf War(s)

SMA Case Management, Ft. Lauderdale FL - Present
Vocational evaluation of individuals with psychological and/or physical disabilities, or other life changing event. Provides evaluation and assessment of essential worker traits, return to work counseling, transferable skills analysis, job coaching and labor market survey sampling. Completes vocational testing as appropriate. Provides expert witness testimony relative to personal injury, workers’ compensation, and marital dissolution (divorce/modification) and medical malpractice litigation.

Lamorte Burns & Co., Inc., Ft Lauderdale, FL 07/2008 to 3/2011
Field investigation and administration of P&I losses for TPA of high impact USL&H/Jones Act losses in southeast Florida and Caribbean Islands. Oversee/supervise medical management, legal and vocational rehabilitation vendors. Duties include overseeing and reporting of safety policies and procedures. Work with employers and injured individuals in transitional or alternative employment following catastrophic losses.

Zenith Insurance Company, Sarasota, FL 10/2001 to 7/2008
National maritime claims manager for monoline company. Training of claims, underwriting, safety and premium audit staff on maritime jurisdiction. Worked with staff and brokers on premium allocations for maritime losses, safety and underwriting practices. Assisted policy holders with emphasis on early return to work, transitional employment and loss control measures.

Lamorte Burns & Co., Inc., Ft. Lauderdale, Houston and Wilton, CT 6/92 to 10/01
Field investigation and administration of P&I losses in numerous ports in southeast United States. Handled USL&H, Jones Act, stowaway repatriation, crew member illness, cargo losses and other P&I incidents.

CNA Insurance, Houston, TX 1990-1992 - Investigation and administration of Jones Act, USL&H and state workers’ compensation claims for national and international clients.

CIGNA Insurance, Houston, TX 1987-1990
Investigation and administration of USL&H, Jones Act and multi state workers’ compensation claims for national accounts.

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