Forensic Evaluation


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(3) Forensic services.

About forensic evaluations

A forensic evaluation is used when an adjudicator requires an evaluation of a claim to clarify issues. It's also used to determine whether a deceased worker was totally and permanently disabled at the time of death.

The vocational provider:

  • Conducts a review of both the medical and vocational records.
  • Issues a report containing a recommended course of action.
  • Must perform all of the work for that referral without assistance.

A provider can perform a transferable skills analysis, labor market survey, or job analysis when it is needed to arrive at or support a recommended vocational outcome.

The provider cannot submit a vocational plan during a forensic evaluation.

At the conclusion of the forensic evaluation the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) provides a professional opinion on possible job goals and the likelihood of an injured worker's success if not for the documented barriers.

The outcome of "further clarification of medical and vocational issues" was intended only for use when medical issues don't allow the VRC to recommend that:

  • Vocational rehabilitation services aren't appropriate.
  • Vocational rehabilitation services are appropriate.
  • Injured worker is able to work.

A provider will need to coordinate with the claim manager if additional medical information is needed before a vocational outcome recommendation can be issued.

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