Here are six quick facts that will help you understand your Kansas Work Comp. functional capacity evaluation:
What is a Functional Capacity Evaluation in Kansas? This evaluation, also known as the (FCE) is used in Work Comp. injury cases to determine the amount of physical damages you suffered, as result of you work injury, and at what capacity you are capable of working in the future.
Who can request your FCE? There are a number of professionals, who are handling your Kansas injury claim, that may request this evaluation, to include: treating physician, your attorney, your employer, or the insurance company, etc.
Who will be in your appointment? In Kansas, if you have not retained counsel, there may be a number of people present in your appointment, to include: physical therapist, treating physician, insurance company's medical manager, etc.
When will you be asked to participate in a FCE? In Kansas Work Comp. claims, not everyone will have to take this step. In most cases, if you are told you will have an FCE, it will be near the conclusion of your case (ex. after medical treatment, physical therapy, etc.).
Where is the FCE completed? It is likely that the test will be completed near your home, most often at a Kansas medical center or physical therapist's office.
What will you be asked to do in the FCE? Depending on your job and injury, you may be asked to any/all of the following:
Material handling (lifting, pushing, pulling, carrying)
Objective measurements for injured body parts (range of motion, muscle strength, circumferential measurements for swelling)
!BONUS TIP! We suggest that you do not take medication, pain pills, etc. and that you do not push yourself during this evaluation. Remember that this is a tool used, by the insurance company, to determine what they owe you for your injury. If you have more questions about your Kansas Work Comp. case call us NOW 913.602.7288.