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Who Can Benefit from a Functional Capacity Evaluation?
Someone who has been injured on the job to determine his or her ability to return to the job or alternate work
Someone applying for Social Security Disability benefits
Someone seeking to return to work or volunteer activities after an injury or illness
Someone injured in a catastrophic accident (i.e., automobile accident) for whom an FCE can determine performance skills and abilities related to
resuming former employment or a new job
Someone seeking vocational rehabilitation services
Students receiving transitional services from school to the work setting to determine their skills and the extent of support required to perform in a job
FCE may be used to determine:
Goals for rehabilitation or readiness for discharge planning
Ability to safely return to work status (including full duty, modified duty, or transitional duty)
Worker’s compensation case settlement
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