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The Economics Group, LLC

Since 2003, The Economics Group, has utilized Experience, Capability, Integrity, Understandable and Transparent measurement of data to provide accurate, trusted, quality services to plaintiff and defense attorneys that help to achieve efficient and fair decisions in cases where economic damages have occurred. While economic damages may be only a part of a case, The Economics Group constantly seeks to improve the value and quality of the forensic services that are offered to attorneys by staying current in the areas of economic theory and applied economics, on-going economic and financial news, and through presentations of law and economic concepts.

Forensic economist Dr. Walt Lierman

Dr. Walt Lierman has prepared over 500 forensic economic reports for attorneys and provided testimony and support in...

  • Trials – both federal and state courts
  • Depositions
  • Arbitrations | Mediations

His forensic economic analysis has, many times, helped to secure significant awards for injured parties.

Practice Areas

Dr. Lierman brings expertise, in-depth knowledge of economic theory, and practical, down-to-earth application of economic theory to practice areas such as...

Calculating the value of economic damages in a wrongful death matter requires establishing a base level of actual earnings such as those reported on W-2 statements. 

If the decedent was enrolled in school and not yet in the labor market, a base earnings capacity in an occupation may be established from other sources of information. A complete wrongful death analysis includes other important data such as wage growth rates, the value of the employer provided portion of benefits for employees, personal consumption deductions for the decedent, and the value of household services provided by the decedent while they were alive.

Personal injury cases are multi-faceted. Severe injury can result in traumatic brain injury, permanent total disability, and permanent partial disability. 

Such classifications will impact the magnitude of economic damages. Depending upon the severity of injury and post-injury alternative occupations, a personal injury case could have one economic loss result up to several economic loss outcomes. Each scenario will need to consider wage growth rates, fringe benefits, and possible household services. It is often overlooked that the partner of the injured individual may need to reduce their work hours in order to remain at home to help care for the injured person. In some cases, we work with information from vocational occupational experts and life care planners.

Employment termination cases arise for many reasons: age discrimination, racial discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblower activity, and other unequal treatment of an employee(s) by their workplace employer.

We construct back pay and front pay economic losses to reflect the but for earnings of the terminated party. After receiving an award, the individual will likely be in a higher tax bracket. Therefore, we will calculate the appropriate award preserving the value of the total award for damages and not penalizing the party with an additional tax burden.

Accidents involving big-rig vehicles, trains, planes, and helicopters must include thorough multi-damage analysis.

We combine relevant pieces of both Personal Injury and Wrongful Death analyses to disentangle and calculate the value of economic damages.

The injuries or death of the owner of the business impacts the on-going economic viability of that business. 

The loss can appear as reduction of market share in a competitive market, the
loss of the value of a unique service offered to the market, and lower profitability due to hiring more employees to perform the work usually completed by the injured owner. We reconstruct a pre-injury model to specify pre-injury metrics of the firm such as variable costs,
gross income, market share, and net profitability. We then calculate the diminution of income as a result of the injury or death of the owner.

Many times we are asked to calculate the loss of earnings capacity or loss of worklife earnings potential in the case of a minor or infant when the cause of permanent debilitating injury or death is due to medical mis-diagnosis, inappropriate treatment, or other potential medical negligence. 

Medical malpractice makes it incumbent upon us to calculate the lifetime
earnings of the injured individual. In our analysis, we often use governmental survey data showing the correlation between educational attainment and lifetime earnings.

We often work with life care planners to calculate the total cost of therapeutic modalities that an injured party will need throughout their life due to the intentional or unintentional actions of another party. 

We use key information from the life care plan which includes the base year
costs for each therapeutic modality, the duration and frequency of each modality, and the rate of medical cost inflation for each modality to calculate the present value of the future costs of the plan.

Our firm provides defense services that consists of developing deposition or trial questions for defense counsel to ask the opposing economic expert and/or a written critique of the opposing expert’s economic analysis. 

This will help determine if reasonable assumptions were made in the report of damages. We can also develop a complete economic loss report or analysis for consideration at trial.

Hear From Past Clients

I have known and worked with Walt Lierman for more than a decade. He is a consummate professional who is highly knowledgeable and experienced in economic projections and income loss recoveries. Walt is thorough and patient. Walt's easy-going manner makes him enjoyable to work with and allows him to build positive connections with everyone involved in the personal injury claim process, from counsel and parties to judges and juries. Whether through testimony or written reports, when offering his expertise on challenging income loss issues, Walt's highest-level contributions greatly enhance the attorney's ability to obtain a fair recovery for those suffering from serious and debilitating injuries.

OREGON
Just want to report to you that case settled yesterday. Tough case on damages but your report kept the pressure on them. Thanks for all your help.

PENNSYLVANIA
I just finished a trial and Walter testified for us on the economic losses of my client who was a quadriplegic. As always, Walter did an outstanding job analyzing the economic damages and I would not hesitate to use him again. I have used Walter on several occasions, and he is thorough and responsive.

INDIANA
I would strongly recommend Dr. Lierman. He is a quick study, he prepares well, and he’s a good witness on the stand. I have used him as an expert in several cases, and he has testified twice for me. I will use him again, and I recommend him without reservation.

OREGON
Our firm has worked with Dr. Walt Lierman on several wrongful death cases over the last decade. He is a consummate professional – very knowledgeable as an economist, and accessible and prompt, which are traits that aren’t always encountered by us as attorneys in dealing with experts. I would definitely recommend him as an expert in appraisal of economic loss in personal injury and wrongful death cases.

WASHINGTON

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