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8 Words or Phrases That Should Be Retired From The Workers' Compensation Field

8 Words or Phrases That Should Be Retired From The Workers' Compensation Field
Let’s “voc” (pronounced VOKE) him! – a Vocational Rehabilitation referral is frequently used as the last ditch effort to settle a case if nothing else has worked. Vocational Rehabilitation is not a verb – it is a profession. Before introducing VR, it would be helpful to answer some questions:What efforts have been made to facilitate a RTW with the same employer?Was a job analysis provided to identify job demands?Was a functional assessment used to determine the IW’s (injured worker) true physical capabilities?Was transitional duty available or offered?Once the need for permanent restrictions was anticipated, what services were used to facilitate RTW (e.g., assisting the IW to obtain a high school diploma)?

By using "Vocational Rehabilitation" as a negative service to facilitate something other than assistance for the IW to find appropriate work within their capabilities, this practice is counterproductive at the least.

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The "Yes I Can" Mentality

The "Yes I Can" Mentality

Well, it has happened… A trusted employee has sustained an injury and the worker’s comp process has begun. The employee has seen doctors, perhaps has undergone surgery or had extensive treatment and has participated in the rehabilitation process. Still, the employee tells the doctor and his employer that he is unable to do the job. Or so he thinks. Has a consideration been made for the employee to participate in a ‘Job Ready’ course of work conditioning?

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Is a Repeat FCE Really Necessary?

Is a Repeat FCE Really Necessary?

An “invalid” Functional Capacity Evaluation is always a little exasperating for those who handle worker’s comp cases. Common reactions to an invalid FCE include:

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