An Independent Medical Exam (IME) is an opportunity to get insurance professionals, employers, attorneys and physicians on the same page. Independent medical exams frequently assist in resolving the claim in a timely and efficient manner. The IME evaluation of an injured party that utilizes a third party, board certified independent medical professional to issue an unbiased opinion on the injury. An IME is also used to resolve a dispute between parties and sometimes you could have multiple IME’s to resolve the dispute.
Injured workers who are receiving TTD benefits are entitled to a one time IME with the doctor of their choosing. At the IME appointment all the patients records will be reviewed in-depth by the doctor to provide a thorough opinion. The doctor will then meet with the patient to complete the evaluation. The doctor will later provide a narrative and give their independent opinion on the injury. The doctor may be questioned if there is confusion regarding the report or conflicts between multiple IME reports.
It is very important for ReisLaw to help you find an IME doctor that will stand up for the injured worker and give an opinion not influenced by the insurance provider. Hiring an experienced lawyer to navigate this process will ensure you receive the additional treatment required and increase the value of your case.
If you were injured at work you need to contact a workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible. Only a lawyer in that field of expertise will be able to tell you your rights in your unique situation. Call (404) 876-4200 today for a free consultation. The attorneys at ReisLaw are dedicated to Georgia Workers.