Independent Medical Examinations

If you have been injured at work, you may be facing lost wages and medical bills and also be entitled to a settlement.


Independent Medical Examinations

Independent medical exams are requested by the insurance company when there is a question about your injury, such as the type of treatment your doctor is recommending, whether you are able to work and the extent of your injury. The purpose is to get the unbiased opinion of an expert. The exam is done by a doctor who is not your regular doctor, and it’s not for the purpose of medical treatment.

An IME usually is used in litigation, where there is a dispute about benefits. If the insurance company requests an IME, they may be looking to deny your benefits, reduce the amount they are paying, or reject medical treatment such as your need for surgery. An IME report also can be used to help determine a fair settlement amount.

The job of the doctor performing the IME is to answer specific questions that the insurance company has. They will probably ask you a lot of questions, such as how you were injured, what type of pain you are experiencing and how it affects your ability to perform your job duties. They will also review your medical records and history. You may have to submit to tests, x-rays or range of motion exercises.

Submitting to an IME isn’t really optional, and it’s in your best interest to be cooperative. The best thing you can do is be honest and not exaggerate your injury. The insurance company may send a nurse case manager along for the appointment.

Many doctors who do IMEs are experts in their field and provide a solid evaluation of your work injury. However, there are some who may be influenced to tell the insurance company what they want to hear (that your injury isn’t as bad as you say it is, for example). The doctor should spend enough time with you to get a good idea of your situation and they should listen to you.

If you are facing an IME, you are probably at a point in your case where you would benefit from having an attorney. It most likely means there is a dispute and the insurance company is looking for ways to reduce what they’re spending on your claim. An experienced attorney – someone who has handled hundreds of work injury cases – will know how to fight for you.

If you would like a referral, give us a call at 1 (800) 807-9530 or fill out our online form. We do not charge a fee, and you can speak to one of our attorneys right away in most cases.


fight the denial

An experienced work injury attorney can help you navigate the system and will know the best approach to take if your benefits are denied. The insurance company will deny your claim if they can. Sometimes, you have to fight to get your medical bills covered, or to be declared permanently disabled. An attorney will protect your interests, with the goal of getting you full benefits.

injury experience

When hiring a workers’ compensation attorney, we recommend looking for someone who focuses their practice on helping injured workers. If possible, look for an attorney who has experience with your particular type of injury. Other important things to look for: many years of experience, a good reputation among judges and other attorneys, great customer service, and a history of past success in getting benefits for injured workers.

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Work injury attorneys get paid on a contingency basis, meaning they only get paid if you win. Initial consultations are always free. If you’ve been injured on the job, we can help by recommending an attorney.

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