Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE)
An FCE may be ordered by an attorney, an insurance provider offering workers’ compensation coverage or by your employer. The FCE is a series of tests used to evaluate your work-related physical abilities. The tests in an FCE will always be performed by an evaluator certified to conduct these examinations.
A functional capacity evaluation is designed to be safe and to provide impartial information about an injury or illness. The tests that are part of an FCE will evaluate a worker’s:
- Range of motion
- Physical strength
- Lifting ability
- Stamina and ability to carry objects
- Other abilities required for their job
To schedule a Functional Capacity Evaluation: Call (303) 995-5812
Functional Capacity Evaluation
Conducting functional capacity evaluations is the accepted process to resolve workers’ compensation and other claims. An FCE tells you whether rehabilitation and treatment has been successful. Is the person ready to return to work – with or without some type of accommodation? As an employer, you benefit even if your injured worker returns only part-time or on light duty to start. Partial work helps maintain company productivity. It also reduces costs associated with that workers’ comp claim.
FCE testing can help show whether partial return to work is a viable option. The evaluator of the FCE can treat components of the test as a sliding scale of ability, not an all-or-none “score.” This process makes it easier to measure whether a worker with lingering problems has functional limitations or is truly disabled. Obviously, this part of the evaluation is somewhat subjective which supports the importance of choosing the right evaluator to conduct your FCE tests.
Your injured worker also benefits from early return to work. Getting back on the job boosts morale and helps your employee stay connected with their job and colleagues. Subsequently, this increases their motivation to continue treatment along with enhancing job satisfaction. Possibly most of all, it relieves your injured worker’s worries about finances. Constant worry often leads to depression which can de-motivate injured workers to comply with their treatment plan.