Minor Injury Evaluation (MVAs)
The primary purposes are to determine:
- the diagnosis, if any
- in Alberta, whether any injury was a Minor Injury
as per the Minor Injury Regulations
- whether further treatment is medically essential
- a RTW date or plan.
Causation will not be addressed, as this requires a more in-depth IME.
The physicians providing the opinions are designated by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta as specialists in trauma, and have extensive experience with musculo-skeletal injury.
Acute Injury Evaluation
If a worker claims that an injury occurred on the job, an employer can access this service which provides:
- Same day evaluation of the alleged injury
- Next day report which includes:
- description of the alleged injury
- investigations performed (e.g. spinal X-rays)
- treatment required
- copy to the GP
- safety of RTW
- independent statement about the injury on the same day it is alleged to have occurred.
- valuable first–hand information if the injury becomes a WCB claim
- rapid assessment and treatment helps reduce chronicity
Psychiatric Disability Evaluation
This service is designed to address:
- the probable diagnosis, if any
- whether the problem is unrelated to the DOL, but is rather a pre-existing condition or a work place issue
- whether pharmacologic treatment or counselling is medically essential
- a RTW date or plan
Full DSM-V diagnoses will not be made as this requires a more in-depth IME.
The report may contain caveats that corroborating information from other parties was not available at the time of the evaluation.
Physical Therapy Evaluation
This hands-on evaluation is performed by a registered physiotherapist trained in active-based rehabilitation. It is designed to assess whether a proposed treatment plan is medically supportable, and if not make alternative recommendations such as a home-based exercise program.
Following a review of supplied documentation and the taking of a relevant history, claimants undergo a regional examination by the physiotherapist.
Functional Ability Evaluation
Full one-day FCEs have fallen into relative disuse for good reason – claimants frequently do not put out maximum effort, resulting in an expensive report of limited value.
This evaluation is intended to determine if a formal FCE at a second appointment is a justifiable expense.
A registered physiotherapist reviews relevant documentation, takes an abbreviated history, and then conducts an examination to determine if it is safe to proceed with a battery of accepted screening tests. The report indicates whether maximum effort was produced.
If a claimant fails this test it legitimately questions the validity of the claim.