Spring 2000 issue of the Expert Witness newsletter (volume 5, issue 1)


  • The Impact of Disability on Earnings: Results of the Health and Activity Limitation Survey
    • by Christopher Bruce, Derek Aldridge, & Kris Aksomitis
    • This article presents some information from Statistics Canada’s Health and Activity Limitation Survey (HALS). Although HALS was one of the most comprehensive surveys ever conducted on the effects of disability, Statistics Canada has chosen to publish results from that survey in a form that is not of great value to litigators. Accordingly, HALS has become one of those sources that is referred to far more often than it is employed.

      Economica has obtained access to Statistics Canada’s electronic records of over 100,000 individual questionnaires from HALS. This has allowed us to estimate income and education levels for each of four levels of disability, for both males and females, cross-categorised by four levels of education and four age groups. In their article, Christopher Bruce, Derek Aldridge, and Kris Aksomitis report the statistics derived from this process. Although the statistics reported there are too aggregated to allow practitioners to estimate damages in specific cases, they can act as a check to see whether the damages calculated in any particular case are “reasonable.”

  • Two interesting web sites relating to disabilities
    • This article is a brief description of two excellent web sites relating to disabilities that may interest our readers.