Nicole Liska

I am a Principal at Fulcrum Inquiry, an accounting and economic consulting firm that performs damage analysis for commercial litigation, forensic accountings, financial investigations, and business valuations. I hold an ABD and MA in economics from the University of California, San Diego. I perform damages analyses and serve as a damages expert witness. My resume is on Fulcrum's website.

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Consideration of Taxes in a Lost Earnings Calculation

Considering taxes in a lost earnings calculation related to personal injury matters may materially alter the damages amount.  In the well-known 1980 Supreme Court case, Norfolk & Western Railway Co. v. Liepelt, the Court ruled that courts should consider taxes and calculate lost earnings net of income taxes.  The Court’s rationale was that the damage …

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Law and Economics Unite for the Greater Good? In Theory, but Maybe Not in Practice.

A fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld Mississippi’s $1 million cap on what Plaintiffs can recover for pain and suffering (aka non-economic damages) in personal injury cases with pharmaceutical product liability.  The jury initially awarded Plaintiff, Ms. Learmonth, a total of $4 million for injuries suffered from a car crash with a Sears …

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Lost Compensation Settlement Tool Allows You to Assess Economic Damages Accurately and Efficiently

Lost compensation is a method of capturing economic damages in personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful termination, failure to promote and other similar torts.  Independent damages experts are often employed to calculate lost compensation because of their unique background/skill set.  However, the desire to minimize costs means that these experts are often employed after settlement efforts …

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Surgical “Never Events” Really do Happen

Many people that think they have suffered from medical malpractice fail to pursue and file a legal claim because of the challenges that lie ahead (e.g., legal fees, risk of the claim not succeeding, etc.). To be successful, a medical malpractice claim generally needs to prove that (i) the treating medical professional fell below the …

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A Career in Agriculture May be One of Your Better Choices

More economic data supports an increasingly talked about practical career choice:  agriculture.   Most students do not even consider the study of agriculture.  Most schools/colleges do not even offer agriculture related courses even if one wanted to pursue this field of study. The government statistics on the topic reflect this unpopularity.  The most recent available U.S. Department of Agriculture’s census …

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Does anyone NOT know the key differences between CA versus TX? Anyone…?

Both the business and residential climates in California versus Texas are long known to be diametrically opposed: one is a more progressive state advocating social justice at a “cost” of higher taxes and more regulations while the other espouses lower taxes and less regulations while advocating individual responsibility.   Despite this well-known, long standing difference, Governor Perry of …

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Personal Injury Lawsuits Against NFL Will Increase if Junior Seau’s Family is Successful

With the SuperBowl coming up next weekend and many players suffering from some sort of injury sustained during the season, the recent wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of former pro football star Junior Seau may be getting more media coverage than usual.   Junior Seau retired from pro football in 2010 and committed suicide …

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How much money would Hulk Hogan make for the rest of his life?

If Hulk Hogan successfully proves his medical malpractice lawsuit against the Laser Spine Institute, we should find out the answer. Mr. Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan) recently filed a lawsuit which alleges, among other things, that the Laser Spine Clinic performed unnecessary surgeries on Hulk Hogan over an 18-month period.  Hulk Hogan alleges these excessive …

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Sometimes it’s the reputation, not the money

When a nursing home faces alleged medical malpractice, it may often be the case that the individual lawsuit is not the biggest economic problem it faces.  The Rainbow Beach Nursing Center in Chicago is currently defending itself against a wrongful death lawsuit.   Two doctors caring for Sonia Eli at the nursing home each filled out …

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Expired Payroll Tax Cut “Holiday”: New Survey Data Indicates Not Good News for the Economy

Despite both Congress’ and the White House’s constant rhetoric of “maintaining current tax rates for a majority of working Americans during the “fiscal cliff” negotiations, most working Americans are now taking home less pay as a result of the new 2013 legislation.  The two-year 2011-2012 payroll tax “holiday” failed to make its way into the final …

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