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)