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Functional Capacity Evaluation for Workers Comp Case…

Submitted By: Jesse (Marble, PA, USA)

I want to know if doing an FCE (Functional Capacity Evaluation) is to my benefit for a large settlement for a workers comp injury? I injured both my shoulders. I’ve had 3 surgeries on each shoulder. I’ve been off of work for over 3 of the last 5 years. Thanks for any help you can give.

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Dear Jesse,

If you are at the stage where your employer is prepared to offer you a settlement, you may not have an option but to participate in the Functional Equivalency Exam.

Workers compensation law (and settlements) are based upon a structured set of rules in play, this may be a pre-settlement offer. The best advice we can give is to ask questions; Find out if you are required to go. It seems to me that the evaluation is directly related to your ability to work or “function” and that this fact is always necessary for an effective settlement.

Learn more here: Permanent Partial Disability Claims

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney.

Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here, or call 888-972-0892.

We wish you the best with your claim,


One comment on “Functional Capacity Evaluation for Workers Comp Case…

  1. smiley says:

    I am a contractor for the government. I had a mission to do on September 6, 2011 and was injured on the job. I was ground guiding the operator of a 45 ton fork lift and a piece of metal which was welded to the forklift broke off, hitting me on the back side of my hand and leaving me with 4 broken bones.

    My chest was only bruised but no bones were broken. I went to see an IME doctor and did not get the results back. I also did a functional capacity evaluation and before I left I asked the therapist how I did. She mentioned that I did not meet the standard which means I can not go back to my full time job. What does this mean?

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