RPC White Papers

Determining Earnings for Oil and Gas Workers

This white paper, authored by Dr. Brian Piper, details volatility in price, rigs, production jobs and median earnings in the oil and gas field between 2000 and 2016, and the methods that should be used to calculate base wages and wage growth. The paper is applicable to injured parties working in drilling, extraction and oil and natural gas support jobs such as exploration, excavation, surveying and well construction.   Read the full white paper here. Dr. Piper is an economist who has been accepted as an expert witness in personal injury and other economic damages cases.   Read More
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Determining Usual, Customary and Reasonable Charges for Healthcare Providers

The issue of whether a healthcare provider’s charges are reasonable arises when a healthcare provider and payor have not agreed on a negotiated payment rate for a service. Reasonableness of healthcare charges are at issue in some personal injury cases as well as commercial litigation and can effect the economic damages in the case.  RPC conducts ongoing research on determining the reasonableness of healthcare providers’ charges. This white paper expresses RPC’s opinions on the matter as of August 2016.   Read the full white paper here. Read More
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Sources of Data on Earnings and Work History

In personal injury, wrongful death, and employment litigation, lost earnings and lost earning capacity are often an element of damages. The vocational or economic expert must develop the work history and earning history of the injured party.  RPC developed a white paper which discusses development of earning history in a personal injury case. The discussion is useful for personal injury attorneys, but also applies to a wider range of cases.  The paper is available for download using this link . Read More
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Lost Earnings v. Lost Earning Capacity

One of many issues that can arise in calculating economic damages in personal injury litigation is the important distinction between projecting a person’s future earnings and a person’s future earning capacity. Earnings are defined as remuneration of a worker for services performed during a specific period of time. When projecting future earnings the economist is projecting the amount the person would have earned but for an injury. When projecting future earning capacity the economist is projecting the amount the person could have earned if he had chosen to maximize his earnings. Read more about The Different Between Lost Earnings and Lost Earning Capacity Read More
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