Simmons Grab & Associates, LLC, has become a well respected forensic consulting company with courtroom experience specializing in:
Life Care Planning which provides Future Medical Costs / Services through life expectancy in light of injuries / impairments
Vocational Evaluations to determine a persons capacity for employment; and if deemed employable, identify potential occupations, geographical feasibility, and pay scale
Case Management to determine a timeline of patient care activities and expected outcomes
Dianne Simmons-Grab, MA, CCM, CDMS, CLCP, founder of Simmons Grab & Associates LLC, is recognized as an expert in her field. A Certified Case Manager, Certified Disability Manager, and a Certified Life Care Planner, she has over 30 years of experience providing rehabilitation services for individuals with various disabilities including Brain Injuries and their secondary injuries such as orthopedic, amputations, burns, and mental health issues.
Professional Associations and Experience - Ms. Simmons-Grab has taken an active role in the rehabilitation industry on a national level by serving on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP) for six years (1997-2004), and on the state level by serving on the Board of Directors for the Rhode Island Brain Injury Association (2000-2004). She also served on several committees and taskforces including the IARP Annual Conference as chair (2000-2006), TBI Medicaid Waiver Taskforce, New Jersey Brain Injury Association Conference Planning Committee for over 11 years serving as co-chair (2001-2005), the NARPPS ethics committee, the NJ CMSA ethics committee, as well as serving on the Board of Directors for Padula Institute of Vision and Sage Rehab, Inc.
Author and Speaker - Dianne Simmons-Grab has been published and provides presentations locally and nationally on topics within her expertise including double-vision, brain injury, and life care planning. She has presented at the past 4 consecutive International Symposium of Life Care Planning, as well as most recently at the Cleveland Clinic. Specific presentation topics include:
When is a Life Care Plan Important: The Benefits and The Components
Ethics in Life Care Planning
Vocational Implications of Aging with Brain Injury
Following a neurological event such as a traumatic brain injury, cerebrovascular event, multiple sclerosis, etc., the medical needs of the person are of primary importance initially, for purposes of survival. As medical treatment proceeds and the survival needs of the person are met, the team of rehabilitation professionals will be established in an attempt to improve upon function performance in order to sustain quality of life. The rehabilitation team may be composed of a physician, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, recreational therapist, vocational specialist, case manager, the psychologist, social worker, and nurse, to name several. It is often during this tim e that additional medical and rehabilitative needs are identified through diagnosis or observation by member s of the rehabilitation team.
1. Proper Classification of Past Relevant Work (PRW)
A. Define PRW according to Recency and Duration
B. Job Titles, including DOT codes, according to the U.S Dep't. of Labor (Source document)
C. Skill (SVP) and Exertional Level (Posture and Lift/Carry)
Ms. Roughan is a Rehabilitation Nurse Specialist who functions in the capacity of case manager, life care planner and expert witness. Her company, Roughan & Associates at LINC, is a nationally recognized Case Management and Medical/Legal Consulting service. It has been in existence since 1987, providing coordination of patient care; construction of Life Care Plans; and, consultative services to both the defense and plaintiff bar on simple and complex cases alike. Ms. Roughan has experience with diagnoses involving both children and adults and are knowledgeable in current treatment philosophies, identification of appropriate resources.
Diagnoses include, but are not limited to:
Neurological Injuries (Brain and Spinal Cord Injury)
Forensic MED Group’s team of exceptionally skilled and highly respected practitioners provide a full range of medical-legal services. Our experts provide direct evaluation services that result in clearly-stated opinions supported by substantial medical-legal evidence as well as relevant standards of practice and medical research.
Our clinical experts work alongside experienced and accomplished administrative personnel. Together, we possess a thorough understanding of all legal and necessary procedures ensuring accuracy and efficiency in evaluating and reporting.
FMG practitioners conduct detailed and meticulous medical-legal evaluations to provide clear, comprehensive, quality and timely services to all parties.
We offer evaluations for medical, psychiatric, psychological and comorbid conditions.
The following is a list of the services we provide:
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Dr. Patricia J. Bartzak, DNP, RN, CMSRN is a doctorally prepared Registered Nurse, who maintains an active bedside practice, in addition to nursing research and education positions.
Dr. Bartzak demonstrates both a wide and deep involvement in the nursing field. Her bedside practice provides the relevance, skill set, and understanding of what’s needed to create an environment that promotes using the evidence, optimizing patient outcomes and leading the next generation of nurses.
Dr. Bartzak utilizes peer-reviewed journal databases to locate research articles, and meticulously references her sources and synthesizes information on complex nursing and health-related subjects. Dr. Bartzak has demonstrated skill in data mining and concept simplification to provide background and context for complex healthcare matters.
Dr. Bartzak has worked in both union and non-union environments, and has background and experience to consult with hospital leadership to engage and strengthen nurse’s investment in the workplace. Dr. Bartzak has written policies and procedures and can assist other organizations in policy review and recommendations to ensure broad coverage, while also maintaining a risk management balance. Dr. Bartzak, a current member of the National Patient Safety Foundation and contributing member of an institutional Quality & Safety Committee, is versed in core measures and patient safety initiatives, and can provide an independent evaluation of practice issues and outcomes.
Finally, Dr. Bartzak has taught at all levels in nursing education from associate to doctoral, and can provide recommendations related to student progress in the academic area, and issues related to new graduate nurses as new practitioners.
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