An FCE is a Functional Capacity Evaluation. It is sort of a physical fitness test. We see a majority of clients undergoing FCE’s toward the end of the treatment cycle in a workers’ compensation case. An FCE can also be used to help identify changes to employee workload, or modifications to working conditions such as ergonomic measures, that the employer may be able to undertake in an effort to accommodate an employee with a disability or medical condition. Common measurements of lifting power, push and pull power, how long you can stand or walk, flexibility and reaching, grasping and holding, bending, and balance are taken.
Physical therapists usually perform the FCE. They employ several methods and tools to determine whether the injured trucker is trying to fake or to manipulate the results of the FCE. If an employee is unable to return to work, the FCE provides information on prognosis, and occupational rehabilitation measures that may be possible.
It is critical for an injured truck driver to consult a competent attorney about the FCE before the injured trucker actually attends that event.
If you have questions about a Functional Capacity Evaluation or anything else relating to a workers’ compensation claim, please call one of our experience attorneys.