Independent Medical Exams (IME), are requested when there is a dispute,
disagreement, or issue with the benefits you’re entitled to receive
after filing a workers’ compensation claim. Because of the impact
these types of exams can have on the course and outcome of your claim,
you’ll want to prepare the best you can beforehand.
Review Your Medical History
Even though the doctor will have medical records pertaining to your condition,
you’ll still want to familiarize yourself with your medical history.
It’s important to be honest with your previous injuries –
do not under any circumstances downplay the seriousness of your injuries.
If your condition is different now than how it has been in the past, you
should let the doctor know.
How did the accident happen?
The most common question you’ll be asked regarding your accident
is, “how did this happen?” Workers compensation claims operate
on a no-fault system, but the person in charge of the IME wants to make
sure that your injury is work-related and that there are no inconsistencies.
When you are explaining the accident with the examiner, keep it brief
and consistent with what is in the accident report – if the examiner
finds that you’ve changed your story, it can be used as evidence
that you’re not telling the truth.
Remember Your Course of Treatment
During your IME, you’ll be asked to go over the treatment and procedures
you’ve undergone since the accident happened. It’s not necessary
to remember the exact date of each procedure or appointment, but you’ll
want to have a general idea of the types of treatment you’ve received
and when you received them.
Bring Someone With You
Whether it be a trusted friend or relative, you want to bring a guest with
you to your exam. They shouldn’t say anything during the exam, but
they should take notes and act as a silent witness. Should an issue arise
with what happened during your IME, you’ll be glad you had someone
there with you.
If you’ve been injured from a work-related accident, you should not
hesitate to retain representation from an Indiana workers’ compensation
lawyer at Crossen Kooi. We have more than 30 years of combined legal experience
and are committed to providing clients with the personalized attention
Call our firm today at (888) 366-4215 or contact us online for a free case