They say that things are rarely black or white, and the same could apply to workers’ compensation claims. Many people assume that their claim will either be immediately accepted or denied, but in reality, many cases need a bit more information before moving forward one way or another.
Independent medical exams, or IMEs, are usually scheduled when your workers’ compensation claim lies in a gray area. There could be questions, doubts, or conflicting reports about how you were injured, the treatment you are receiving, or your inability to return to work. These exams do not necessarily mean that your claim will be denied, but rather that the insurance company needs more information to proceed with your claim.
Clarify, Verify, Dispute: Why You Were Scheduled for an IME
When you receive notice of an IME, it is likely because your employer or your employer’s insurance company would like to clarify, verify, or dispute any number of things in your claim. This could include:
- The nature and extent of your injury
- How your injury occurred
- The severity and expected timeframe of your disability
- The course of treatment you were prescribed
- Your expected outlook and ability to return to work
- Your work restrictions or limitations
These examinations can have a powerful impact on your workers’ compensation case, as the doctor will provide a report to the insurer detailing their findings. It is important that you obtain a copy of this report in order to ensure that the information it includes is correct. If you find an error or disagree with the doctor, it is important that you consult an experienced workers’ compensation attorney immediately to take action—this report may be used to prevent you from receiving the compensation to which you may be entitled.
Have You Been Injured At Work?
If you've been injured on the job you need to speak with an experienced workers' compensation lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Augusta office directly at 706.863.6600 to schedule your free consultation.