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The Mariska Smith Occupational Therapy (MSOT) team are passionate occupational therapists with a special focus on medico-legal assessments and vocational rehabilitation.

We offer the following services:

  • Medico-legal assessments (personal injury and road accident fund claims)
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE’s)
  • Vocational rehabilitation, including case management, work hardening, reasonable accommodations

 

Services

We offer:

    • Medico-legal assessments (personal injury and road accident fund claims)
    • Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE’s)
    • Vocational rehabilitation, including case management, work hardening, reasonable accommodations

The medico-legal process:

1. Referral

An attorney, employer or health care provider makes an appointment for an assessment.

It is important to attend the appointment at the scheduled time. The appointment takes approximately 2 – 3 hours, depending on the case and/or sustained injuries.

2. Assessment

The assessment may include, but not limited to a structured interview, observations, standardised- and/or norm-referenced tests, work samples, structured tasks and/or self-reporting questionnaires.

Where indicated, a worksite visit, home visit or school visit is conducted.

3. Reports

A report is compiled, detailing:

Background information to the case (medical history, injuries sustained and sequelae thereof).

    • Assessment results.

    • Safe work capacity and the impact of the injuries on client’s vocational potential.

    • Loss of life amenities.

    • Recommendations regarding vocational rehabilitation; therapeutic intervention; assistive devices; domestic-, gardening- and/or handyman assistance; personal care; transport and home adaptations.

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About

Mariska Smith is a passionate occupational therapist with special interest in medico-legal assessments and vocational rehabilitation.

She is well-qualified with 13-years clinical experience in paediatrics, physical rehabilitation, mental health, employee wellness, health promotion, functional capacity evaluations (FCE), as well as medico-legal assessments of adults and children.

Mariska’s qualifications include:

  • Magister degree in Occupational Therapy (UFS)

Dissertation title: The suitability of the DTVP-2 as a measurement instrument for 5 years and 6 months to 5 years and 11 months English-speaking children in South Africa.

http://scholar.ufs.ac.za:8080/xmlui/bitstream/handle/11660/2341/SmithM.pdf;sequence=1

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Vocational Rehabilitation (UP)

  • WorkWell certified

  • ErgoScience certified