How do Functional Capacity Evaluations Affect your Georgia Workers Compensation Claim?
As a Georgia Workers’ Compensation attorney, I receive inquiries every day from injured workers who aren’t sure where to turn next in their workers’ comp claim. They are right to be concerned in many cases, as Georgia workers’ comp law is very extensive and it is easy to make a mistake that can kill your claim. Some of my clients have been asked to undergo Functional Capacity Evaluations, and aren’t sure exactly what that entails, or how it may affect their claim.Doctor working on computer
A Functional Capacity Evaluation, or FCE, is a physical test administered by a workers’ comp- approved doctor or physical therapist. He or she will test the injured worker in a wide range of physical activities, such as standing, lifting, pulling, pushing, and walking. Certain exercises, such as lifting weight from the floor to the waist, are designed to determine whether or not an injured worker is well enough to go back to work, and what restrictions, if any, should be placed on that worker.
It is important to know what you’re getting into before undergoing an FCE. The results of this evaluation will be used to help determine the compensation you are due from your workers’ comp claim. If, for example, the results of the evaluation are that you are permanently disabled and can never work again, you now have a concrete document created by a workers’ compensation doctor that proves you are unable to work anymore. Or, if the results of your evaluation are that you should be able to go back to work immediately, some of your benefits may end.
If you have been asked to undergo a Functional Capacity Evaluation, make sure you talk to an attorney about it before you undergo any testing. You want to make sure you go into your evaluation fully educated about what the doctor is looking for, and how it may affect your workers’ comp claim. Sometimes, an FCE can make or break your workers’ comp case, and it is important to have an experienced attorney helping you through the process.
Be informed. Be aware. Be prepared.
Ty Wilson is a Georgia workers compensation attorney, with offices in Savannah and Atlanta, who provides free information to the injured and the families of the injured. Visit tywilsonlaw.com to order his FREE Georgia workers compensation “Special Reports” and to read his many articles and to watch his videos.
If you have specific questions for a workers compensation attorney in Georgia, give Ty at call 912-508-4711 in Savannah or 770-948-5454 in Atlanta.