After a work-related injury, many employees will go to their personal physician for an examination. Lawyers who work with Workers' Compensation claims prefer to use an independent medical examiner who can provide an unbiased opinion about your injuries. This is where being examined by an independent medical examiner comes into play.
Scope of Independent Medical Examination
An independent medical examination is a thorough physical exam performed by a reputable physician who has no ties to either party in the case. Once the exam is complete, the doctor will create a report that details their findings and turn it over to the Workers' Compensation attorneys. An IME will often support the findings of the employee's primary physician. Using both reports will help the employee's attorneys build their case.
Who Is Required to Attend an IME As Per Workers' Comp Law?
States often require an employee who has been injured on the job to submit to an IME for an unbiased examination. While an employee has the right to visit their primary physician to treat their injuries, they may be ordered by the judge to attend an IME with a third-party physician. This "second opinion" will provide verifiable answers to what caused the work-related injuries and whether they were made worse by a pre-existing condition.
When Are IME's Conducted?
State law allows workers' compensation insurance carriers and employers to request an IME once every six months. The employee must be allowed to schedule the appointment at a reasonable time and must have their travel expenses paid by the insurer.
Why IME's Are Important?
IME's are essential because they provide the insurance carrier and employer with an unbiased, third-party opinion of the employee's injuries. An IME offers valuable information that can be used to verify and support an employee's claims as they pertain to work-related injuries. Physicians who perform IME's are highly trained and may be able to spot injuries or complications that the employee's primary care physician may have missed.
The attorneys of Gaylord & Nantais work with employees who have been injured on the job. They understand that both employers and Workers' Compensation insurance carriers are concerned about the employee. Through an IME, our attorneys can help the employee get the compensation they deserve while they recover from their injuries.
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