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Vocational Rehabilitation Forensic & Clinical Services

Tri-Cities, TN-VA

A. Bentley Hankins, Ph.D., is the principal of Hankins & Hankins Vocational Consulting and offers specialized skills, knowledge and experience as a vocational rehabilitation counselor, consultant and expert witness.

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Vocational rehabilitation counseling services are provided to members of the general public who request career guidance as well as to long-term disability and workers’ compensation recipients who need assistance with defining appropriate vocational goals, acquiring job skills and returning to work. Vocational rehabilitation consulting and expert witness services, which usually include performance of independent vocational and/or rehabilitation economic evaluations, are provided in a variety of legal cases in which the employment and/or earning potential of the plaintiff(s) are at issue.  Provision of such services includes Dr. Hankins’ current contract with the Social Security Administration where he serves as a vocational expert and assists administrative law judges in making determinations about claimants’ residual employability. Aside from this contract, Dr. Hankins offers his consulting and expert witness services as a means of employment-related litigation support to both plaintiff and defense counsel.

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Dr. Hankins applies his extensive education and experience in vocational rehabilitation through provision of the following services:

A comprehensive and meticulous records review stands as an indispensable pillar within the realm of independent vocational and/or rehabilitation economic evaluations. The significance of this process cannot be overstated, as it forms an integral part of the analytical foundation upon which informed decisions are constructed. The contours of this review expand and contract in response to the distinctive facets inherent in each case, embodying an intricate dance between the particulars of the situation and the broader framework of evaluative methodologies. At its core, this encompassing review entails a deep-seated dive into a multifaceted repository of records. These records encapsulate an array of distinct categories, each of which contributes a unique hue to the comprehensive portrait being meticulously crafted. The categories span a spectrum that encompasses medical records, earnings records, personnel records, and educational records. The legal dimension further enriches this palette, with the inclusion of documents such as deposition transcripts and interrogatory responses that unveil the intricacies of the legal terrain that intersects with the individual's journey. The access granted to this diverse expanse of records heralds a trove of invaluable insights that transcend the surface-level understanding. It unearths a narrative that is woven from the threads of data, anecdotal evidence, and expert opinions. In the realm of medical evaluations, these records host a repository of medical opinions that delve into an individual's permanent activity parameters. This realm encompasses a panorama of enduring activity guidelines, enshrining within them the contours of permanent functional limitations and restrictions. The tapestry of medical insights thus painted contributes significantly to the holistic understanding of an individual's vocational prospects and rehabilitation possibilities. The chronicles of an individual's vocational trajectory come alive within the narratives embedded in these records. The pages unfold with intricate details that delineate the ebbs and flows of work history, punctuated by the milestones of earnings. This historical context, gleaned from meticulous scrutiny, lays the groundwork for an astute evaluation of an individual's vocational arc. However, this comprehensive review extends beyond the realms of mere career and earnings, encapsulating the essence of proactive engagement. It surfaces the evidence of an individual's earnest endeavors to secure meaningful employment, a pivotal facet that offers a window into their dedication and motivation. This dimension, highlighted within the records, serves as a testament to the earnest pursuit of livelihood. Moreover, the educational chapters inscribed within these records open a vista into an individual's formative years. The canvas expands to encompass their performance and accomplishments during primary, secondary, and post-secondary education. These glimpses into scholastic endeavors, while seemingly unrelated, intertwine intricately with an individual's vocational narrative. They enrich the evaluation by providing a context that is instrumental in understanding an individual's skill set, aptitudes, and potential. The very act of extending the analysis to its maximal scope enables the encapsulation of the profound depth and expansive breadth that emerges from this meticulous review. It is this scrutiny that functions as the cornerstone, upon which a nuanced and multidimensional comprehension of an individual's vocational acumen and rehabilitation potential is erected. The insights harvested from this painstaking process are not merely incidental; rather, they are pivotal in forging the trajectories of decisions that resonate with informed wisdom. These insights coalesce into a mosaic of understanding that in turn informs tailored recommendations, uniquely calibrated to harmonize with the specific contours of the case at hand. As the evaluation unfurls within this expansive landscape of records, it unfailingly embodies the tenets of precision, comprehensiveness, and contextual awareness. This mosaic of data points, expert insights, and historical narratives converge to foster a holistic grasp of the subject's vocational journey. It is within this grasp that the seeds of actionable strategies and informed decisions take root. Thus, the comprehensive records review emerges not as a mere procedural checkpoint, but rather as a potent instrument in the pursuit of equitable vocational trajectories and rehabilitative avenues. In traversing this journey of discernment, the evaluators carve out a path that acknowledges the intricacies of each individual story while upholding the principles of objective analysis and informed guidance. Records Review

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