Are you facing an independent medical examination as part of a workers compensation claim? Learn how to prepare for your workers comp doctor appointment.
Did you know that the most costly worker’s compensation claims are from motor vehicle crashes? Have you been told recently that you have to also get an independent medical examination (IME)? These exams might seem confusing and feel overwhelming on top of everything else you’re dealing with after your work injury.
We have put together this guide to help prepare you for your workers comp doctor appointment. Keep reading to learn more about what an independent medical exam is and help you prepare for your appointment.
What Is an Independent Medical Exam?
An IME is an exam done by a physician that gives an expert opinion when there are disputes in your workers comp case. If your employer’s insurance company disagrees with your worker’s comp treating doctor then they demand for a worker’s comp IME doctor to perform this second exam.
How to Prepare for the Exam?
Before your exam get yourself organized to help you prepare for any questions you are asked during the exam. You will more than likely have to repeat what happened even if the IME doctor has your case. They want to hear what happened from you on the day of the exam, to see if there are any inconsistencies with the original report.
Whatever you do make sure you are not late for your appointment, better yet strive to be there early. This will give you extra time to sit in the waiting room and have time to relax, fill out your forms without rushing, and gather your thoughts.
Bring a Friend
If you can bring a friend or relative with you to the exam and ask them to take notes. They will not be allowed to speak but can be your witness by writing down everything that happens during the exam. This witness might come in handy in the future if there are any disagreements down the road.
The last thing you want to do is be rude to any of the staff or the doctor. Even if anyone is being rude to you during your appointment you do not want to lose your cool. Always be respectful and polite no matter what.
Honesty Is the Best Policy
Do not ever exaggerate your symptoms. ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS be honest when you are telling the IME doctor about your symptoms. Doctors have experience with examining injured people and can determine when people are not reporting their pain accurately.
If they feel you are exaggerating your pain and your symptoms they will not believe everything else you share. Be honest about what you are experiencing to make sure you are not denied what you deserve for your injury.
Ready for Your Workers Comp Doctor Appointment?
Now that you know the details of an independent medical exam or IME we hope you are feeling ready for your workers comp doctor appointment. Remember to stay calm and contact a lawyer to have in your corner just in case.
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