The intersection of medicine and disability: a doctor's view
The language of disability is complex and often misunderstood. Most claims professionals, and even some medical professionals, fail to use the language properly, which can lead to confusion, claim delays and other unintended consequences. Is the employee disabled? Impaired? Does he or she have an impairment? Is this a restriction, a limitation, or both? It is important to use these designations properly in order to provide the very best care.
In “The Intersection of Medicine and Disability,” Dr. Marcos Iglesias, chief medical officer for Crawford / Broadspire, demystifies the meanings of disability terminology, including impairment, disability, needless disability, restrictions and limitations, and more. When all parties involved in the rehabilitation of the employee use the same language, they are better positioned to provide the appropriate care from the start, which means a faster recovery and return to work.