What does a Disability Consultant do?
The analysis of the effect an illness or injury has had on an individual's
ability to perform "regular work" is the primary focus
of a Disability Consultant with training and experience in Vocational
Analysis and Rehabilitation
Why not just read and use the medical records, i.e. what the
physician or the physical therapist says?
Records of medical treatment are primarily expressed
in Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prognosis statements. Establishing
the impact of an illness or injury on the ability to work requires
clarification of Function. Generally there is little correlation
between the medical records and the assessment of Function. Disability
Evaluation Resource bases the evaluation on the client's measured
functional abilities in addition to the standard medical records.
How does a Disability Evaluation Resource contribute to resolving
conflicting views of an individual's level of disability?
Disability Evaluation Resource combines knowledge
of the Functional impact of medical limitations with occupational
and labor market resources and procedures which are then used in
developing a Job Analysis/Disability Evaluation Report.
How does a Disability Consultant specifically assist in a
Long Term Disability benefit application?
A Disability Consultant will perform a very detailed
analysis of an Own Occupation including essential tasks and exertional/non-exertional
requirements, develop current third party data to support the functional
requirements established for the Occupation as opposed to the individual
job, identify or coordinate the development of medical assessment
stated in Functional terms and present the vocational and medical
data in an integrated report. Other practitioners trained in Disability
Analysis will be able to analyze the data utilized in the report
and replicate the report findings. If the report establishes the
Occupation material duties are not within the claimant's medical
limitations, then the Long Term Disability application will be approved.