Since 2003, Claudia Walker has provided opinions regarding the impact of disability upon an individual's function. Recognized as an expert in the Supreme Court of BC and the District Court of NSW (Australia), Claudia’s reports have been integral in personal injury, divorce, criminal and estate matters, as well as landlord and tenant disputes. She has published and taught extensively about the practice of forensic occupational therapy practice.
Claudia is a Canadian Certified Life Care Planner with the International Commission on Health Care Certification. Learn More about this certification
Litigation support – Claudia is experienced in assisting Counsel in preparation for cross examination by providing objective opinions and a review of opposing Cost of Future Care reports.
Expert witness testimony – When required, Claudia appears in court for cross examination. She has been accepted as an expert in disability and cost of care by the Supreme Court of BC.
*Cost of Future Care (CFC) - A CFC or Life Care Plan is an extensive document which seeks to identify costs that a plaintiff can be reasonably expected to incur as a result of their compensable injuries. The report is based upon a thorough and individualized occupational therapy assessment and review of medical reports.
A CFC assessment consists of a clinical interview, a physical assessment and functional assessment. Family members may be interviewed in order to gain a detailed and balanced understanding of the plaintiff’s needs. Assessments usually occur in the plaintiff's home, workplace and/or school.
Recommended costs may include further treatment/rehabilitation, adaptive equipment, medications, environmental modifications and services for tasks that remain outside of the plaintiff’s restrictions.
We've worked with Claudia on a variety of projects with great results. Our collaboration allows us to cater a project to our mutual client needs. She brings a very professional and compassionate approach to client care, and is the first step in any aging in place or accessibility renovation that we engage in. I would recommend her services to any client or contractor. She has been a very valuable resource for us and our clients.
Claudia Walker met with my client and prepared an excellent report on the client’s future care needs as well as the present cost of that care. Her report was easy to read, thorough, well-supported and very practical. This made it easy to present the report to the client and to defence counsel, and I would have been confident presenting it to the court had we not settled the case. Ms. Walker will be my expert of choice going forward for cost of future care reports.
Claudia Walker’s professional knowledge, attention to detail, and thorough assessment, helped me evaluate and instigate strategies that made my daily activities much easier to manage. Her reports also assisted me in arriving at a favourable outcome with my insurer. I very much enjoyed Claudia's pleasant demeanour, and her ability to put me at ease. I highly recommend her.
Preparing catastrophic personal injury cases requires assistance from many specialists. The ability to identify and cost long-term care needs is central to any such claim. Claudia has assisted us in many matters. I found her to be committed but prepared to make concessions where appropriate – the hallmark of a presentable expert witness.
I have had the pleasure of utilizing Claudia's services in a medico-legal context on a number of occasions. I have found her readily approachable, professional and diligent in providing sensible, well-reasoned and researched assessments for my clients. I would have no hesitation in recommending Claudia's services.
The assistance of Claudia Walker in providing evidence of the needs of injured persons has been an integral part of my practice for many years. Her reports are clear and concise which is what is required for court proceedings, and superior to other OT reports I have seen. I am very happy to endorse Claudia's work.