A functional capacity exam is an assessment of whether you can work or return to work. It involves a series of standardized physical tests that are typically administered by a physical or occupational therapist. These tests are designed to evaluate your physical abilities as they relate to work.
An FCE Tests Fitness to Return to Work
An FCE can be used to analyze whether you are able to return to work, and in what capacity. A Functional Capacity Exam may be ordered by your attorney or by the workers’ comp insurance company. There are certain things that specialists are looking for as a result of taking a Functional Capacity Exam, they are as follows:
- Ability to carry objects
- Physical strength
- Ability to lift objects
- Range of motion
- Other abilities required for a given job
After the FCE a Benefits Determination is Made
After your FCE, the workers’ comp insurer may issue a denied long term disability coverage request. Hiring a law firm to represent your interests at all times would be Bourhis Law Firm, and they can be located from a simple online search for attorneys that handle LTD claim denied issues.