- That your medical problems were not related to your work;
- That you have fully recovered from your injuries and can return to full, unrestricted duty at work;
- That the treatment which is being recommended for you is unnecessary.
In a worker’s compensation case, one doctor appointment could strip you of the disability payments which is putting food on your table and a roof over your family’s head. One doctor appointment could rob you of your access to quality medical care to help you recover from your injuries. That’s what an IME is …. and if the insurance company is sending you for an IME, they are taking a hard look at your file looking for a way to contain their costs. “IME” is short for “independent medical examination” which is an exam where you are sent to a doctor who has been selected by the insurance company. There is really nothing “independent” about an “independent medical examination,” the doctor involved has been selected by the insurance company without any input from anyone else. For you, the result of the exam can be life-changing. Following the IME, the doctor will issue a report which may conclude one or more of the following things: