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Preparing For Your Workers' Comp IME
If you've filed a workers' compensation claim, there is a possibility that you'll be asked to undergo an independent medical exam (IME). Typically, these exams are requested when there are discrepancies or disagreements over the benefits you are entitled to receive. Because of the significant role an IME can play in your workers' compensation case, it's important that you prepare as much as you can beforehand.
Review Your Medical History
The medical examiner appointed to administer the IME will already have the necessary documentation related to your condition, including records of any previous injuries sustained to the same body part. You'll be asked questions pertaining to your medical history, so it's best that you familiarize yourself with past injuries and conditions.
How did the accident happen?
During the process of filing a claim, you'll be asked time and time again how the accident occurred – your IME is no exception. Even though workers' compensation is a no-fault system, the doctor will want to confirm that your injury is work-related. When recounting the incident, keep it brief and ensure that it's consistent with past reports you've given.
Let the Examiner Know of Current Symptoms
Any lingering pain, aches, and soreness should be brought up to the examiner during your IME. Regardless of how minor your symptoms may seem, you want share every detail related to your current symptoms and condition.
Plan to Bring a Friend
It's recommended that you bring a relative or close friend with you to your IME. Whoever you bring should not speak during the IME, but rather take notes as a witness. The person you bring with you should write down basic information regarding the exam, including how long it lasted, questions the doctor asked, and any tests that were performed.
At Busch Law Offices, you are more than just a number. To request a case evaluation with our trusted Loveland workers' compensation attorney, call (877) 435-1514 today.