Prior to proceeding with an actual calculation, we highly recommend that you review the related online documentation and demonstration that is available on our website. This will give you a general idea of how the calculator works and what you can expect. Additionally, you can work through each input screen of the calculator without making a purchase -- simply close the window when you get to the Purchase Agreement screen. On every input screen there are online help buttons specific to the inputs being requested. This will give you an idea of the inputs you need to provide in order to complete a calculation.
There is a fee charged for using the Income Damages Calculator. You have the choice of purchasing a past loss report OR a past and future loss report. The fee charged will vary accordingly. The fee is paid using a Visa credit card.
Once you've purchased a report generated by the Income Damages Calculator, you can use the Income Damages Calculator to generate additional economic scenarios for that same claimant file at no additional charge. The additional scenarios must be run at the time of purchase or within 1 year from the date of the initial purchase.
The Income Damages Calculator (IDC) works in mainstream browsers such as Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari, etc. from devices with a physical mouse and keyboard. The IDC has not yet been updated to support all touch devices, so use of the IDC via a touch device is NOT recommended at this time.
Additionally, Adobe® Reader® must be installed on your PC for viewing and printing the generated PDF report.
The Income Damages Calculator adjusts its required inputs and resultant calculations based on the Province of Residence. All provinces, except Quebec, are supported.
Claims relating to a motor vehicle accident
For claims relating to a motor vehicle accident, the calculations are in accordance with the selected province's regulations.
Newfoundland & Labrador
All other provinces / territories
Claims NOT relating to a motor vehicle accident
If the claim does NOT relate to a motor vehicle accident, the loss is calculated using before-tax, gross income, regardless of the province or date of incident specified. The inputs requested and the report generated are automatically adjusted to reflect your selection.
No. Do NOT use your claimant's legal name as the File Reference Number. Instead, we recommend that you specify your office's file reference number for that particular claimant. This ensures that your claimant's information is not associated with your claimant's legal name, thereby maintaining their privacy.
The Income Damages Calculator has been designed to support the way in which individual claimant files evolve over time. When a claimant file is first opened, certain information is available. As time progresses, some of the initial assumptions may change. Additionally, it is often desirable to generate alternate scenarios.
A first time calculation is the initial purchase associated with a single claimant file.
A revised calculation is a modification to the economic parameters of the initial claimant file at a later date. This can be accomplished using the Income Damages Calculator at no charge within 1 year of the initial claimant file purchase.
Alternate scenarios are any additional calculations that you wish to perform against the original claimant file. Alternate scenarios can be generated at the time of purchase or within 1 year of the initial claimant file purchase.
Yes. Once you've purchased a report generated by the Income Damages Calculator, you can use the Income Damages Calculator to generate additional economic scenarios for that same claimant at no additional charge. The additional scenarios can be run at the time of purchase or within 1 year from the date of the initial purchase.
The Income Damages Calculator treats the Client Information inputs (File Reference Number, Date of Birth, Date of Interruption, Date of Valuation, Province of Residence and Gender ) that you provide as the basis for a particular claimant file. Except for the Date of Valuation and File Reference Number, the Client Information fields cannot be modified when revising a calculation. Once you have purchased an Income Damages Calculator report, you can modify the economic parameters, the File Reference Number and the Date of Valuation for that claimant at no additional charge; however, the other Client Information fields will not be modifiable.
If you need to modify the other Client Information fields, it is assumed that you are working on a new claimant file and you will have to make a separate purchase.
If you are unable to print a report for which you've paid, you can always do so within 1 year from the date of the initial purchase. Simply follow the instructions in Detailed Instructions for a Revised Calculation without varying your original inputs.
If you purchased a past loss calculation, you can generate additional past loss economic scenarios for that same claimant file at no additional charge for 1 year from the date of purchase.
If, within the 1 year period, you want to generate past and future loss economic scenarios for a claimant file for which you paid for a past loss calculation, you will be required to pay the difference between the cost of a past loss calculation and a past and future loss calculation.When payment is received, you will be issued a new purchase receipt and order number reflecting the purchase of a past and future loss calculation.
For example, Joe runs a claimant file in March and purchases a past loss calculation. In April, Joe decides that he requires a past and future loss calculation for that same claimant file. Using the Income Damages Calculator he retrieves the relevant claimant record using the Order Number that he received on his initial purchase. He proceeds to the Purchase Agreement screen of the Income Damages Calculator where he selects the option of purchasing a past and future loss calculation. The price for the past and future loss calculation will have been discounted to account for the fact that Joe has already paid for a past loss calculation and is within the 1 year period for adjusting the original claimant information. Joe proceeds with the purchase of the past and future loss calculation. He receives a purchase receipt with a new order number. If he wishes to subsequently modify this claimant file within the 1 year grace period, he should do so using the new order number that reflects the purchase of a past and future loss calculation.
Except for the File Reference Number and Date of Valuation, the fields of the Client Information form of the Income Damages Calculator are not alterable once you have paid for the transaction. These unalterable fields include the Date of Birth, Date of Interruption, Province of Residence and Gender.
If you made an error in one of these fields and did not notice until after you had paid for the transaction, please contact us so that we can assist you. We will require a copy of your "Purchase Receipt".
Check that the "Order Number" that you entered is the same as the "Order Number" that was issued to you on your "Purchase Receipt". The "Order Number" is associated with one and only one claimant file. Check that the Date of Birth you entered is correct for that particular claimant file. If they are correct and you still cannot proceed, please contact us so that we can assist you. We will require a copy of your "Purchase Receipt".
The Income Damages calculator uses certain statistical data (mortality rates and disability rates) and tax data for its calculations. These data are typically updated on an annual basis and you will automatically get the latest data.
All updates to the Income Damages Calculator are recorded in the Announcements page of the website.
The Income Damages Calculator is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and provides an alternative for those situations that do not immediately require a "court-ready" report or the direct involvement of a forensic economist. Situations for which the Income Damages Calculator may provide value to you, include:
No. The report is not signed by an expert. Also, it does not necessarily reflect the plaintiff's employment or income history prior to the interruption, so likely is not as tailored to the plaintiff as a "court-ready" report will be. The positive and negative contingencies may not specifically reflect the plaintiff's employment and/or labour force attachment, or, for instance, modified life expectancy.
Nevertheless, the IDC results are backed by the reputation of Brown Economic Consulting Inc., whose principal, Cara Brown, has authored or co-authored approximately 10,000 assessments over the past 25 years and has testified more than 130 times across Canada (in almost every province and territory) and in the US. Because of this, the same data for income sources and contingencies that are relied upon in "court-ready" reports are used in the preliminary loss estimates.
The text authored by Ms. Brown, and published by Canada Law Book, called "Damages: Estimating Pecuniary Loss" is used as the reference point regarding many court decisions overseeing damages and as the source for principles underlying damages quantification.
 For an on-line calculation of past and future loss of housekeeping damages, see Brown Economic's Housekeeping Damages Calculator ("HDC") at www.browneconomic.com > economic calculators > Housekeeping damages calculator.
 In jurisdictions where the economic loss calculations in the past loss and/or future loss period are based on after-tax incomes (BC, New Brunswick, Ontario and Alberta), a tax gross-up may be required to offset the interest income that will accrue on a lump sum award so it does not erode the original loss of income award.
 See Palmquist v. Ziegler (2010). Cara Brown testified on behalf of the Palmquist family.
 See, for instance, McRoberts v. Whissell 2005 ABQB 30. Cara Brown testified on behalf of the shareholder in this case and was able to prove using compensation data that he was properly remunerated given his duties and responsibilities.
At this time, the Income Damages Calculator estimates past and future loss of income for people whose careers have been interrupted for some type of incident. The incident could instigate an interruption in a person's career or earnings, and occur from a:
The IDC calculates the annual deficit between the "without-incident" and "with-incident" income from the date of incident to the date of trial or settlement (date of valuation), and adds pre-judgment interest (which varies by province); then calculates the present value of future losses from the date of valuation until retirement, or another ending age (using the mandated discount rate in each province, if applicable).
 For instance, Brown Economic Consulting's principal, Cara Brown, testified in the case of Leilani Muir v. Government of Alberta on the impact of wrongful confinement and sterilization; and quantified the damages for the Milgaard family when Mr. Milgaard was found to have been wrongfully imprisoned for 21 years.
 See, for instance, Wanda Young v. Leslie Bella, William S. Rowe and Memorial University of Newfoundland SCC 2006 3.