Mr. Nordin was qualified to give expert opinion evidence as a vocational rehabilitation consultant. He reviewed relevant medical, counselling and treatment records, expert reports, tax returns and educational transcripts. He interviewed and tested Ms. Dubitz on October 16, 2018. He prepared a report dated December 4, 2018.
In Mr. Nordin’s opinion, the accident has negatively impacted Ms. Dubitz’s competitive employability. Specifically, Mr. Nordin questions whether Ms. Dubitz will be able to again achieve full-time employment in an administrative capacity. If Ms. Dubitz works in an administrative environment in the future, the available information suggests to Mr. Nordin that she may be limited to part-time employment. She could also pursue entry level options such as her past work with the Village but Mr. Nordin notes that such positions mostly pay less than administrative positions. In Mr. Nordin’s vocational opinion, “Ms. Dubitz’s competitive employability may remain compromised on a long-term basis.”
Mr. Nordin explained in his testimony that “competitive employability” means that a person can do her job like others without special accommodations such as special equipment, frequent breaks or more time to complete tasks. Mr. Nordin noted that Ms. Dubitz’s competitive employability has been negatively affected by her physical limitations, cognitive difficulties and anxiety.