No one wants to be hurt on the job. Not only can it lead to time off and less work, but getting hurt could potentially result in some tough mental and emotional issues down the line. It is therefore very important that you take all the proper steps to protect yourself during the workers’ compensation process. For many cases, this means undergoing an independent medical exam (known as an “IME”) as issued by your company. However, by the time you are taking your IME, you should already have a trained workers’ compensation attorney at your side to help.
Many companies will look for any reason whatsoever to deny the compensation you deserve, and the lawyers at Harris & Graves want to keep this from having. We have almost forty years of experience in the legal profession, and we can guide you through the IME process.
What Is an IME?
A doctor trained in workers’ compensation claims usually conducts an IME. This doctor will typically start by looking at all your medical records both before and after the injury. They will then sit down with you for an actual evaluation, including an in-depth examination of your specific injury. Many times the doctor will even ask questions regarding the nature of your job and other activities you perform outside of work.
What Does the IME Mean for You?
Based on the results of this examination, the doctor will decide the severity and extent of the injury and how it relates to future work. In a lot of cases, the doctor is looking to see how far along in the recovery process you are and how much further you can be expected to go. Basically, they want to determine if the injury will keep you from working or not. The doctor’s ratings will then be used to calculate what your specific benefits should be. Obviously, the most debilitated workers will receive the most compensation.
How Can a Workers’ Comp Attorney Help?
Not all workers are required to undertake an IME, and if you are sent for one by your job’s insurance program, it’s usually not a good sign. Rather, an IME is often an insurance company’s last resort when trying to deny a worker his or her benefits. Having a trained workers’ compensation attorney on your side is therefore absolutely vital. A good lawyer can advise you on what or what not to agree to, and we counsel many workers to seek their own IME for a second opinion if the first seems a little too dismissive.
Hire a Workers’ Comp Attorney Today!
While an IME might seem like a relatively benign step in the workers’ compensation process, that could not be further from the truth. More often than not these medical exams will make or break a case, and you cannot afford to take them lightly.
Having a workers’ compensation attorney on your side is therefore critical, and if you are looking for a professional to represent your personal injury case, look no further than Harris & Graves. We have seen all sorts of workers’ compensation cases, and we know what to watch out for to ensure you get all the money you deserve. If you have any further questions or want to move forward on your particular case, reach out to one of our representatives today!