How to Handle a Workers Comp IME Appointment
Work accidents are often obvious. A lost limb, for example, is not something that could easily be faked. In some cases, though, your injuries may be a little less obvious. Some injuries may cause intense headaches, for instance, that make it difficult to drive, work, or continue your typical daily life.
In cases where your injuries are not immediately obvious, you may be required to undergo an “IME,” or independent medical examination, as you pursue workers compensation benefits. Before going, however, you need to know how to handle a workers comp IME appointment to better your chances of getting full compensation.
Craig Swapp & Associates can help you protect your rights. We know what you can expect and how to handle this experience.
Why You Need It
For your IME appointments, you’ll be required by law to speak to another doctor for a “second opinion” on your case. Don’t refuse to go: You could lose your right to work comp benefits by electing not to attend.
This exam is generally to provide more information about your case to the Utah Labor Commission. This exam can clear up several questions the commission may have about your case, such as:
- Is your diagnosis correct?
- Will you be unable to perform your usual duties?
- Was your condition caused by a workplace accident?
The answers to these questions will give officials more information about your case so they can decide how to move forward.
What to Expect During Your Exam
When you arrive for your IME, you should already be prepared with as much evidence and information about your condition as possible. It will be useful to speak to a lawyer beforehand. We can give you more information about your rights and what you should say during your work comp IME.
You can first expect the doctor to administer any necessary tests for your condition, including physical exams, X-rays, and others required for your condition. He or she may ask you about any tools you need to help with your injury, such as crutches or a wheelchair.
When you’re asked about your condition, answer truthfully. Exaggerating or downplaying your injuries can hurt your chances of receiving compensation, and you need as much proof as possible to show that you need your workers comp benefits to continue healing.
A Workers Comp Lawyer Can Help
Getting a second opinion on your injury can be nerve-wracking because your compensation is on the line, and you may not have been told how to handle a workers comp IME appointment. Being afraid of making a wrong move is understandable, but our firm can help.
Our workers comp lawyers can fight for your case so your rights are protected. We know how difficult getting workers compensation benefits can be, but we’re ready to get your case on the road and get you on your way to recovery.