Is this guy really hurt as badly as he claims?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 2, 2020 2:32:13 PM / by Justin Shepherd

We all get the occasional workers compensation patient that really seems to be exaggerating his injury. According to the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, more than one in ten small business owners worry about employees faking injuries to obtain workers compensation benefits.

Maybe a reported injury occurred late in the day on Friday, or early Monday morning. Maybe there were no witnesses. 


Employers and insurance carriers often rely on their physical therapy provider to help verify or refute these claims.

Though these circumstances may cause suspicion, as a PT you can’t rule out an injury without some proof; you need data. But how do you objectively quantify clinical observations related to exaggeration? Clinical inconsistencies may not be easily seen. Performing formal consistency of effort tests can provide objective, defensible support for your intuitive opinions or that refute your suspicions and change your perceptions of the patient.

The formal consistency of effort tests in the ErgoScience FCE system can be used as a stand-alone test – without doing a full FCE – to measure effort in the work comp patients that you are treating. The ErgoScience FCE provides both decreased anxiety about the legal aspect of WC and fear of being brought into court, as well as a validated, peer-reviewed scoring algorithm that stands up in court. And, if you ever do end up having to defend your results, ErgoScience will provide education and guidance should you be deposed.

For a flexible FCE with many uses, call ErgoScience for information.


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Topics: Return to Work, Clinicians, "FCE"

Justin Shepherd

Written by Justin Shepherd