Occupational Therapist Medico Legal Assessment
An occupational therapist medico legal assessment is a detailed assessment that provides an independent specialist opinion regarding a person’s work capacities, work readiness and physical abilities as well as their ability to manage their usual activities at home, after injury. The assessment is completed by an occupational therapist experienced in providing expert opinion regarding a person’s physical and vocational rehabilitation.
What does an occupational therapist medico legal assessment involve?
- An occupational therapist medico legal assessment is completed by an experienced occupational therapist in the Advantage Injury Management Services offices, where our standardized equipment can be used; however, if required, our staff can complete the assessment at the client’s home, if clients are not able to travel.
- This is a lengthy assessment that typically takes up to 3 hours to complete.
- The assessment involves an interview, functional capacity evaluation, vocational assessment and assessment of the client’s activities of daily living.
- Assessment of the activities of daily living includes personal care tasks, household cleaning, cooking and laundry, gardening, driving, sleeping and recreational activities pre- and post-injury, and the client’s ability to attend to these tasks before and after their injury.
- Vocational assessment includes details of the client’s education, work history, transferable skills and if needed, labour market research on the clients preferred fields of employment. Recommendations can be made about the suitability of various types of jobs considering the client’s education, transferable skills and their injuries.
- As this assessment involves a functional capacity evaluation, it is advised that the client should wear comfortable clothing that they can easily move in, or their usual work attire. The client will be required to attempt a range of physical tasks such as steps, squatting, balance, lifting, carrying, reaching and gripping.
- On completion of an occupational therapist medico legal assessment, the referrer will be provided with a comprehensive report outlining the results of the interview and of the physical assessment, and recommended guidelines for return to work, home and recreational activities. This may include recommendations for occupational rehabilitation, ongoing treatment, the need for any equipment and aids, and vocational training.
When to use an occupational therapist medico legal assessment?
- Referrals for an occupational therapist medico legal assessment are typically made by a solicitor or insurer, for assessment of clients who have personal injury claims.
- To determine a client’s physical and vocational abilities after a personal injury.
- For recommendations regarding ongoing treatment required and suitable employment options after a personal injury.