Independent medical exams are standard in most work comp claims. If you are injured at work and you file a claim with your employer, you will most likely have to undergo an independent medical exam to document the extent of your injuries. Injured workers in Minnesota have a lot of questions about independent medical exams after a work injury. Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions, and answers from an experienced workers comp attorney.
What exactly is an independent medical exam?
An independent medical exam (or IME for short) is a medical examination in which an impartial doctor performs a physical exam and documents your injuries after a workplace accident. IMEs are used by employers and insurance companies to get an unbiased opinion on the severity of your injuries so they can make a determination about benefits.
Do I have to get an independent medical exam?
Typically yes, an independent medical examination is required when you bring a work comp claim.
Can I use my own doctor?
No. Since independent medical exams are intended to be as unbiased as possible, you are prohibited from seeing your primary care doctor for an IME. You can still receive care from your primary doctor for your injuries, but the IME needs to be completed by another physician that your employer and your attorney agree upon.
Should I lie about my injuries during an IME?
Absolutely not. The physician conducting the IME will be reporting everything to your employer so it’s important that you are 100% truthful about the extent of your injuries. Lying will only make things worse down the line.
If you have any questions about your independent medical exam, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and call a work injury lawyer in your area. Attorney Dean Margolis has been aiding injured workers throughout the state of Minnesota for over 30 years. He has the skills and expertise to make sure you receive the medical care you need after your work injury. Call Margolis Law Firm today to set up your free and confidential consultation.