Independent Medical Examination for Workers’ Compensation: What to Expect
If you’ve been injured at work, you may want to hire Glendale workers compensation lawyers to help you with your case. Once you’ve filed a claim, it’s possible that you may be asked to have an independent medical examination to review your condition. If you’re asked to attend an examination, don’t panic — inform your workers compensation lawyers in Glendale who may be able to tell you what to expect.
If you’ve been injured at work but haven’t filed a claim yet, time is running out. Call Hickey & Turim, S.C. for a free consultation at 262-797-6677 today.
The Independent Medical Examination (IME)
Your Glendale workers compensation lawyers may inform you that an IME may be requested if there is any question about your condition or the level of compensation you deserve. The exam is usually performed by a doctor that your employer or their insurance company hired. In some cases, your state’s workers compensation agency may request the IME.
In some cases, when it would work in your favor or to counter an IME that was requested by another party, your own workers compensation lawyers in Glendale may request another IME. There is a chance that you may have to go through more than one independent medical examinations.
Once the exam is finished, the doctor may issue a report that includes answers to one or more of the following questions:
- Were you accurately diagnosed and does that diagnosis match your claim?
- Is it possible that your accident was caused outside of work?
- What is the impairment rating of your condition?
- Will additional treatment or testing help? If so, what do you need?
- Have you reached the maximum medical improvement and aren’t expected to improve no matter what treatments are done?
- What work restrictions should you have?
- Are you able to return to work? If so, when?
Your Glendale workers compensation lawyers may be able to use the answers to the exam in your favor or may need to be prepared to counter them.
Preparing for the Exam
Before the exam, you may want to meet with your Glendale workers compensation lawyers to go over what you can expect in the exam. Your lawyer may be able to tell you how these appointments usually go and help you not be nervous for the exam.
First of all, you need to be truthful about your medical history, including any injuries that may have happened in the past. You do want to point out how this injury that was caused at work is different than any other injuries in the past.
The doctor may ask you how the accident happened and gather more information from you regarding your diagnosis and treatments so far. You’ll likely discuss your current symptoms and condition and then the doctor will examine you.
Now that you know what to expect at your independent medical examination, we want you to be as prepared as possible for the rest of your injury claim. Call the Glendale workers compensation lawyers at Hickey & Turim, S.C. for a free consultation at 262-797-6677 today.