When pursuing a
workers’ compensation claim, you may be asked to undergo an independent medical exam (IME) if
there is a dispute or disagreement regarding your injury and medical condition.
The insurance company will appoint the doctor who performs the exam to
determine the degree of permanent disability and what you should receive
in benefits. In this blog, our Greenville workers’ compensation
attorney explains what happens during an IME and how it can impact your
workers’ compensation case.
What happens during an IME?
Any medical records or other documents relating to the accident and your
condition will be sent to the doctor prior to your exam. During your IME,
you are not expected to build a physician-patient relationship with the
doctor – anything you tell the IME doctor is not protected under
confidentiality. What you say in your appointment can be used against
you at a hearing, should your case get that far. You can bring a relative
or trusted friend to your appointment, but they should act only as a witness.
They should remain silent and simply take notes of what is discussed during the IME.
How can an IME affect my workers’ comp case?
The outcome of your independent medical exam can have a significant impact
on the outcome of your workers’ compensation case. Because these
physicians are often viewed as “medical experts,” any reports
they file in the aftermath of your IME can be used to limit or completely
cut the benefits you may be entitled to. IME physicians are seen as objective
parties in your case, which makes it difficult to challenge or discredit
The dedicated attorneys at Christian & Davis, LLC have been continuing
a tradition of excellence since 1975. We have recovered millions of dollars
for the injured – we are proud to stand by our clients and seek
justice on their behalf.
Call a proven Greenville workers’ compensation attorney from our
firm at (864) 408-8890 to
request your free consultation.