Capacity Assessment

Capacity Assessment

Determining the permanent limitations

First step in a re-examination process is the determination of remaining capacities or permanent disability by a licensed Physician in Occupational Health or Insurance Medicine.

Getting the advice from an expert

It is important to realize that these kind of evaluations can only be performed by a licensed Physician in Occupational Health or Insurance Medicine.

How does it work?

In preparation for the actual re-examination all necessary data regarding the past of an employees’ health status will be gathered and if necessary additional medical information regarding the employees’ current medical situation (X-Ray, laboratory) will be requested. Requested information may also include information from other medical specialists involved in the employees’ medical case.

The Capacity Assessment will include:

  • Medical history
  • Actual medical status
  • Health status in relation to work
  • Health status in relation to private life and social activities.

Possible results of a Capacity Assesment are:

  • Employee is able to perform his or her duties in his or her own function
  • Employee is no longer able to perform own duties, remaining capacity needs to be determined
  • A medical final state has not be reached, preliminary report is written and re-examination my be required in future
  • A medical final state has been reached and employee is no longer to perform any duty in any job.

The remaining capacities

If in the opinion of the examiner an employee is deemed to no longer be able to perform his or her duties in his or her own job, but is still considered able to perform (adapted) duties in possibly another job, the examiner will draft a detailed list of function capabilities and possible limitations.

Such a list of function capabilities and limitations may include:

  • Duration of time in which an employee is able sit or stand while performing duties
  • Amount of weight an employee can lift
  • Limitation in use of one or more limbs
  • Ability to walk longer distances or climb stairs
  • Ability to handle machinery or control a vehicle
  • Ability to work night shifts
  • Ability to work under strenuous conditions.

Disability assessment

In case of an employee who is still expected to be able to work, but with possible limitations, the expertise of a registered Occupational Health Expert is required. This expert will translate the list of function capabilities and possible limitations into terms of disabilty. Purpose of such an assessment is to determine which type of duty in which kind of job the employee is still able to perform and what the possible loss of wages is.


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