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What is a Functional Capacity Exam (FCE) and Should I go to a FCE

  • Synopsis: Published: 2010-09-20 (Revised/Updated 2016-03-20) - A Functional Capacity Evaluation is test that you will be put through to see what your physical capabilities are with regard to work. For further information pertaining to this article contact: Disability Attorneys Dell & Schaefer at

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A Functional Capacity Evaluation or Exam or an FCE is a battery of tests that you will be put through to see what your physical capabilities are with regard to work.

Usually, it's going to be weighed against the typical Department of Labor and dictionary of occupational title standards of sedentary, light, medium, heavy.

Going to one; FCEs can be a double-edge sword.

It could come up that there's nothing wrong with you or, on the flip-side, may say this person can't even work at a sedentary level. There's many ways of having them performed; there's different types.

Insurance companies are always very quick to try to point out that the one you had wasn't sufficient, it's unreliable, that theirs is better. So there's a lot that goes into giving an FCE.

FCEs can be wonderful, wonderful evidence of disability, but at the same time can also hurt you.

Like statistics, it can be used any which way you want to do it, so it's very important to know what all your options are before going to have an FCE.

If you have any questions, if the insurance company wants to send you to one, or you have a question about your own claim and possibly your doctor's even referring you to one, or if your doctor is suggesting you undergo have an FCE, give us a call and we can discuss what your options are, what your possibilities are, and what you might be able to expect.

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