Functional Capacity Evaluations
What is a functional capacity evaluation (FCE), and why would you need one for a workers' compensation claim?
An FCE is a set of tests and evaluations that are combined to determine someone’s ability to function in a variety of circumstances. So, if you are unable to work after an injury on the job, an FCE may help your Atlanta workers' compensation attorney get a better result for your case.
Functional Capacity Evaluations and Workers' Compensation in Georgia
The outcome of the FCE influences life-changing issues — such as disability determination, return to work, employability, residual functional capacity, and continuation of treatment. The implications of these decisions are enormous. For example, an FCE could show that a victim cannot return to work and is owed significantly more compensation than the employers' insurance company is offering.
A well-designed FCE is comprehensive, standardized yet flexible, safe, objective, practical, reliable, and valid. Reliability and validity are critical to trusting FCE results; yet all too often, the insurance companies hired by employers are biased against the worker.
A clear and unbiased FCE report should evaluate and include:
- Overall level of work
- Ability to tolerate an 8-hour work day
- The number of tasks with self-limiting behavior
- Inconsistencies in performance
One way FCEs are misused is when the evaluator invalidly concludes that many of the victim’s limits are self-imposed rather than imposed by injury.
The experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at McAleer Law can help you get an unbiased and fair FCE so you can get the compensation you deserve.
If you have questions or concerns about a workers' compensation case, including questions about getting a fair FCE, please don't hesitate to call us today at 404-622-5337. You may also schedule your free consultation here.