As part of filing a workers compensation claim in New York, your employer’s insurance company might ask you to submit to an independent medical examination (IME) to verify the nature and extent of your injuries.
The workers compensation lawyers at Aronova & Associates understand how the results of your exam might affect your workers comp claim, and how you can best prepare for an IME to make sure the full extent of your injury is recognized. We help clients with work-related injuries in Manhattan, Nassau County, and throughout Long Island and NYC with all aspects of workers compensation claims and appeals, including requests for independent medical examinations.
An IME is a second medical opinion about your injury, including a determination of the causes of the injury, the extent to which the injury prevents you from doing your job, and the proper course of treatment for the injury. Your employer, its insurance company, or a judge or hearing officer who is assigned to your case can request that you have an IME. A party will typically ask for an IME when there is a question or disagreement about the nature or severity of the injury, or the therapy that your own doctor has recommended.
Most critics agree that IMEs are “independent” in name only. Your employer or its insurance company will choose the doctor who will conduct the IME. Because the insurance company pays the doctor for his or her services, the doctor may feel pressure to downplay certain aspects of your injury, or to recommend a less expensive treatment plan. In most cases, you will not have an option to seek a different IME doctor.
Here are some recommendations for the IME process:
An insurance adjuster can use a negative IME report to deny or substantially reduce your benefits under a workers comp claim. You can try to rebut a negative IME report on your own, but you will increase your chances of overcoming a negative IME report when you work with a workers compensation attorney who has the experience to deal with an adjuster’s denials.
You can take a number of steps to address a negative IME report:
The workers compensation lawyers at Aronova & Associates have decades of experience successfully representing disabled workers in the five boroughs of NYC and Long Island. We can help you apply for and receive the workers compensation benefits you deserve after a job-related injury. We have seen how employers and insurance companies use IMEs against injured workers, and we know how to respond to unfavorable IME reports. In many instances, our experience exceeds the experience of the claims adjusters and case managers that will review your application.
Don’t let mistakes or omissions keep you from getting full worker’s comp benefits. When you call the attorneys at Aronova & Associates, we will relieve you of the stress of going through the claim process alone, and make sure that the insurance company does not take advantage of you with a rushed or inaccurate IME. Call us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.
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