Dr. Sonia Paquette, OTD, OTR/L, CPE, ABVE-D

Baltimore, Philadelphia, MD 20861
Web Site
Phone: 484-364-1619
Cell Phone: 484-364-1619
Fax: 1-866-861-8659

Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Certified Professional Ergonomist and Vocational Expert. Work and Functional capacity, Vocational potential, Loss of Earnings capacity. Qualifying and quantifying capacity to work. I consider the medical condition and its functional consequences, the work requirements (both real and prescribed), as well as the contexts in which these occur. Expertise with musculoskeletal injuries, mental health adjustment and neurological disorders including catastrophic ones (TBI, SCI). Qualifying and quantifying matters related to: return to work evaluations, ergonomic analysis, psychosocial factors evaluation and intervention, determination of causal relationship between work tasks and injury, vocational potential, transferable skills analysis, loss of earnings related to injury/disease. Check web page for more information.

Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Occupational therapist, licensed in PA, DE and MD.
Certified as a professional ergonomist by the Board of Certification of Professional Ergonomists.
American Board of Vocational Experts Diplomate.

Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: AOTA (American Occupational Therapists Association)
IARP (International Association for Rehabilitation Professionals)
ABVE (American Board of Vocational Experts)
BCPE (Board of Certification of Professional Ergonomists)
HFES (Human Factor and Ergonomic Society)
AREA (American Rehabilitation Economics Association)

Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: McGill University, 2003-2004 -- office ergonomics
University of Montreal, 2003-2007 -- capacity evaluation.
IFCQ - "occupational intervention with injured workers", "ergonomic tools", "work risk analysis" and "establishing a return to work program".
Quebec Bar (2003)-- Limits of medical restrictions to determine capacity to work
Canadian Association of ergonomists -- Banff 2002 -- Tools for modified work
Institut National de SantÈ Publique du Quebec (INSPQ) -- Tools for modified work: 2 days course.
Pennsylvania chapter, International Association of Rehabilitation Professional (PARP) (2007): Psychosocial variables influencing return to work.
IARP, PA-NJ (2007): Functional capacities evaluation
AOTA (2008): Functional capacities evaluation appraisal
To come:
- Assessing residual capacity for vocational potential exploration (IARP forensic section).
- What's up DOT? Occupational Database Review Committee report.
- Please request updated c.v. for a complete list.

Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No.

Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: More than 50 times from 2000 to 2005. More than 50 times from 2006-now.

Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Determination of cause of injury (Musculoskeletal injuries)
Return to work capacity
Household services
Vocational potential
Earning capacity

Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: ~65%

Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: ~35%. I generally work upstream with insurers and employers before litigation occurs.

Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: More than 30 times from 2000-2005.

Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: 2015

Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: All the times I was required to give a testimony.

Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: More than 30 times between 2000-2005. Once since 2010.

Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: More than 10 years. I have worked between 1992 and 1995 as an expert in Canada, moved in the USA in 1995 for 4 years where I chose not to work in litigation consultation, then moved back in Canada where it became a large part of my practice (about 50%). Since 2006, I have worked with over 50 times in litigated cases.

Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Consulting, individual's testing for functional capacities, reports including loss of earning capacity and transferable skills analysis, worksite evaluation and analysis, medical chart review, return to work accommodation needs, daily functional capacities evaluation.

Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: Ask for my fee schedule.

Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: Ask for my fee schedule.

Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: Ask for my fee schedule.

Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: Ask for my fee schedule.

Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Travel expenses including worksite analysis, worker's or individual visit etc.
Plane tickets if required, to be paid in advance.
Retainer agreement
Copy fees

References

Tim Reitz, Esq.
Lepley, Engelman & Yaw, LLC, 320 Market Street, Lewisburg, PA 17837
570-522-0505; Fax: 570-522-0491

Steve Waldron, Esq.
202 West Main Street, Murfreesboro, TN, 37130
(615) 890-7365

Raymond Landry, Esq.
505, boul. Rene-Levesque Ouest, bureau 404,
Montreal, H2Z 1Y7.
514-908-2171

Isabelle Denis, Esq.
6839-A, rue Drolet,
Montreal, H2S 2T1.
514-271-6078